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Desert Oasis turns alignment and assignment into annihilation

high school football media day 2015

Christopher DeVargas

Desert Oasis High School football players Branden Peterson, Ryan Knipp, and Austin Cooper before the 2015 Season.

The Desert Oasis coaching staff asked their team to put last week’s loss to Basic in the past and focus on improving this week.

They got more than that. The Diamondbacks turned in their best effort of the season Friday night as far as coach Brad Talich is concerned in smashing Eldorado 42-7.

“It was much better than we were in the last three weeks with alignment and assignment,” Talich said. “When we took this over, that stuff wasn’t the most important to the kids but they’re getting into the game now. We’ve been working on their mindset — not accepting mediocrity, not accepting losing.”

Like with most great football performances, it started up front. An offensive line led by Jack Crane, Calvin Vaughn and Nick Benham sprung running back Tyshun McClinton free repeatedly en route to more than 100 yards and multiple touchdowns for the former Wingstop Player of the Week.

The defense also raised its level of play, holding the Sundevils to a microscopic yardage total. Desert Oasis’ post-game feelings couldn’t have been much different compared to last week’s 50-0 defeat.

“They rebounded like I hoped,” Talich said.

Case Keefer can be reached at 702-948-2790 or [email protected]. Follow Case on Twitter at

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