Friday, Sept. 2, 2016 | 11:30 p.m.
Las Vegas Sun sports editors Ray Brewer and Case Keefer recap a particularly memorable week 1 in Las Vegas high school football that included Bishop Gorman obliterated a Texas power and two games between top five teams that came down to the final minute.
Desert Oasis did enough defensively to pick up a victory over a visiting California opponent.
The offense couldn’t complement the effort. John Muir High from Pasadena, Calif. edged Desert Oasis 6-0.
“We got down there and had our chances,” Desert Oasis coach Mike Ovens said. “It was just not executing at the right time.”
Elijah Blades, a Florida commit, broke loose for John Muir’s only points. He also broke an 87-yard touchdown run that was called back for a penalty.
Ovens took some consolation in the way the Diamondbacks defended against such a high-powered attack.
“(Blades) can really play,” Ovens said. “I thought we did as good of a job as we could possibly do against him.”
The Diamondbacks may have inadvertently gotten more comfortable with a new offensive wrinkle. When quarterback Mitch Moniz went down with an knee injury, they were forced to run a Wildcat formation featuring receiver Jaden Mitchell at quarterback.
Ovens thought Mitchell managed well. Desert Oasis just continued to stall at the wrong times.
The Diamondbacks sit at 0-2, but showed flashes in keeping it close against two strong teams.
“I could have scheduled teams we were technically supposed to beat but I didn’t want to do that,” Ovens said. “I wanted to go in there and play the tough games. These are the teams you measure yourself against.”