Published Friday, Sept. 18, 2015 | 7 p.m.
Updated Saturday, Sept. 19, 2015 | 1:18 a.m.
Las Vegas Sun sports reporters Ray Brewer and Case Keefer engage in their weekly high school football discussion highlighted by a debate whether or not Centennial's season has been disappointing so far.
They are two of the best high school football teams in Las Vegas.
Tonight, the Patriots can cement their status with a win against another power, No. 4 Centennial.
With Division I recruits on each team and a big crowd anticipated, it’s the unquestioned top game of the night. And you could easily argue it’s one of the top nonleague games of the season.
Centennial enters with a 3-0 record, but is fortunate to be undefeated and has much to prove. Centennial needed overtime last week to defeat Palo Verde, and escaped with a one-point victory in the season opener against Legacy.
The Bulldogs have talented players on each side of the ball, especially defensively with tackle Greg Rogers leading the way. The 6-foot-4, 305-pound Rogers is a four-star recruiting prospect with multiple scholarship offers. He combines with senior linebacker Tishawn Barnaby to give Centennial a significant edge.
The Bulldogs will need it in trying to stop the Liberty offense.
Two weeks ago, the Patriots scored 76 points against Mililani of Hawaii, the defending state champions who were ranked nationally in the top 25. Wide receiver Ethan Dedeaux, just a junior, had seven touchdowns in win, and has the speed and elusiveness to frustrate Centennial all night.
Sophomore quarterback Kenyon Oblad, who has a BYU scholarship offer, has four touchdown passes in two games with no interceptions. Expect Oblad and the Patriots to air it out.
It’s not the lone game of interest tonight.
Gorman, ranked No. 1 in most national polls, hosts Long Beach Poly in one of the games of the week nationally. Gorman (3-0) enters having won consecutive games out of state, giving them a legit chance to repeat as national champions.
The Gaels, whose defense has surrendered just 41 points in three games, mostly when reserves are playing out the clock, have three games against national opponents remaining. All three are at Fertitta Field.
Long Beach Poly, a California power whose rise to prominence includes scoring an Adidas sponsorship and appearing in the company’s commercials, is led by quarterback Malik Henry. The senior Henry is ranked as the nation’s top dual-threat quarterback and committed to Florida State.
We’ll keep everyone posted as scores become final. Send us your game information and photos on Twitter using #sunstandout or #702hsfb.
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