Friday, Aug. 26, 2016 | 11:59 p.m.
Las Vegas Sun sports editors Ray Brewer and Case Keefer ring in the start of football season by discussing some of the valley's top storylines and teams, like Bishop Gorman, Liberty, Arbor View and Desert Pines.
With starting quarterback Dexter Hammond out of the lineup nursing an injured leg, Diamante Burton had to go under center for Canyon Springs Friday night.
The junior tailback, kick returner and punt returner played quarterback valiantly for the Pioneers, and tossed the game’s only touchdown to upset Coronado 6-0.
“It was pretty impressive,” said Canyon Springs’ assistant coach Hamlet McNeace. “It was like he’s been playing quarterback his whole life. He’s just an all-around athlete and does everything for us.”
Burton completed 7-of-15 passes for 84 yards, one touchdown and one interception, while also rushing for 40 yards.
Coronado moved the ball well, accruing 235 yards of offense, but was unable to capitalize.
“They drove the ball but our defense was stout and made plays when it counted,” McNeace said. “We made plays on fourth and short. Coronado was definitely a formidable foe.”