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October 15, 2019

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Desert Pines notches narrow victory over Sunrise Mountain

Las Vegas Sun's HS Football Top 10

Christopher DeVargas

Members of the Desert Pines High football team pose for a photo at the Las Vegas Sun’s high school football media day July 20, 2016 at the South Point. They include, from top left, Poutasi Poutasi, Edgar Burrola, Randal Grimes. Middle left, Jalen Graves, Eddie Heckard, Jauta’e Collins. Bottom left, Tony Fields, Isaiah Morris, and Marckell Grayson.

Desert Pines never trailed Friday night at Sunrise Mountain.

That doesn’t mean the Jaguars always had the victory locked up. They were forced to hold off the Miners for a 27-20 win in the final minutes after giving up a late touchdown.

“We just kept them around, could never put them away,” Desert Pines coach Tico Rodriguez said. “But we did what we needed to do and found a way.”

A rushing attack led by senior Isaiah Morris was able to run out the clock with the game on the line. The Jaguars left themselves in the hands of Morris all night, as he rushed for 272 yards and three touchdowns.

Their other touchdown came on a 50-yard hitch to Antonio Wallace from Randal Grimes.

“Isaiah literally carried us tonight,” Rodriguez said. “He made big plays when we needed them.”

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