Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016 | 10:32 p.m.
A freshman coach accompanied Arbor View head coach Dan Barnson on the sideline for the team’s 62-18 playoff victory over Spring Valley Thursday night, and marveled at the pass-catching ability of Deago Stubbs.
“Is he a running back?” the coach said.
Barnson responded, “He’s just an athlete.”
And Stubbs has worked his way up to being called one of the best athletes in Southern Nevada. The junior racked up 101 rushing yards on six carries and 80 receiving yards on four catches against the Grizzlies, scoring a total of three touchdowns before resting at the end of the game.
He’s accounted for that type of production almost every week during Arbor View’s nine-game winning streak.
“He’s our best running back, our best receiver and he blocks really well,” Barnson said. “We’re trying to keep him fresh and not play him on defense, but he could probably be one of our best defensive players if he played over there, too.”
Stubbs’ classmate Jaquari Hannie led the team in rushing in the opening-round win, putting up 114 yards and a touchdown. Seniors Lorenzo Mationg and Andrew Wagner also scored rushing touchdowns.
Arbor View was up 21-0 at the end of the first quarter, 44-12 at halftime and started the running clock early in the third quarter. Spring Valley senior quarterback K.C. Moore threw three touchdowns, including one on the final play of the game.
Arbor View set up a Sunset regional semifinal next week hosting Legacy, a team it beat 55-21 last month.
“They’ve got some really good kids on their team, and (coach John) Isola has done a great job this year,” Barnson said. “This is what makes Week 2 of the playoffs really fun.”