Published Friday, Sept. 11, 2015 | 7 p.m.
Updated Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015 | 1:47 a.m.
It’s mid-September and only the third week of the high school football season.
Desert Pines, ranked No. 3 in the top 10, and No. 7 Moapa Valley are the clear-cut best teams in the classification, and neither is expected to be challenged in the Sunrise League the remainder of the season.
That means the winner tonight would have home field advantage in the playoffs until the state championship game and not be forced to travel up North in the state semifinals.
Of course, playoff seeding isn’t the only reason why this is a can’t-miss affair.
It’s a rematch of last year’s state championship game where Moapa Valley overcame a four-touchdown deficit in the fourth quarter and won in overtime. Another back-and-forth game is expected because both teams return their playmakers — RJ Hubert of Moapa Valley is the classification’s best player, and junior running backIsaiah Morris and quarterback Marckell Grayson of Desert Pines had multiple-touchdown performances in the state championship game.
While some feel Desert Pines might be the favorite, especially since two weeks ago they dominated Division I power Arbor View, the Jaguars could be at a disadvantage in Overton. Moapa Valley officials expect a standing-room-only crowd and that support could give the host Pirates an edge. Also Moapa Valley has never lost to Desert Pines in the three years they’ve been in the same league.
This isn’t the only game of interest on tonight’s schedule.
Bishop Gorman, the defending national champion and the nation’s No. 1-ranked team, is in the Seattle area to take on Bellevue in its quest to repeat. This is the last Gorman road game against a national opponent, meaning the road to defend its title will become significantly easier with the remaining difficult games at home in Las Vegas.
We’ll keep everyone posted as scores become final. Remember to send us game information and photos on Twitter using #sunstandout and #702hsfb.
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