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October 18, 2019

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Injured quarterback provides lift in shutout Desert Pines victory

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.

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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.

ACL surgery couldn't keep Desert Pines senior quarterback Marckell Grayson down.

The UNLV commit underwent the procedure Friday afternoon, and was on the sidelines by Friday night to watch the Jaguars rout Rancho 56-0 in a victory dedicated to him.

“Marckell is the most beloved guy on our team,” Desert Pines coach Tico Rodriguez said. “The kids are heartbroken, but he’s just such a positive kid that he’s going to stay around.”

Randal Grimes, a converted wide receiver, excelled in his first action filling in Grayson. Grimes threw for three touchdowns and ran for another.

Two of his touchdown passes went to Capri Uzan, who also had an interception returned for a touchdown, and Isaiah Morris.

“He brings a different dynamic to our team,” Rodriguez said. “He’s a bigger athlete. I definitely miss Marckell. That’s our guy, but Randall brings something new.”

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