Friday, Sept. 11, 2015 | 11:42 p.m.
The Las Vegas High offense is difficult to extinguish once ignited.
Shadow Ridge found that much out the hard way Friday night. The Wildcats fell into an early deficit but heated up at the end of the first quarter and proceeded to score four touchdowns before halftime in a 44-26 victory.
“Our offense really started clicking,” Las Vegas coach James Thurman said. “We did really well once we settled down. The defense forced some three and outs and our offense stepped up.”
Sophomore running back Elijah Hicks rushed for more than 100 yards, scoring two touchdowns on the ground to go with one as a receiver. Junior quarterback Ronnie Broadhead also found the end zone in more ways than one, running in a score to go with his passing touchdown.
Kicker Ricardo Ortega and linebacker Thomas Dorsey had the real highlights of the night, though. Ortega converted on a long field goal before Dorsey took over as the special teams star by blocking a punt that he scooped to return for a touchdown.
Las Vegas led 30-7 at halftime before allowing Shadow Ridge to score twice in the third quarter and make the game somewhat close.
“We’re young and we need to learn to play all four quarters,” Thurman said. “We took the third off tonight, but it’s second game stuff. We’ll get better.”