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Capri Uzan’s return to football making Desert Pines even tougher to beat

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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 discuss Liberty's momentous win over the top-ranked team in Texas, and give an ode to all the other great games high school football has produced so far.

Ecstatic is the best way Desert Pines coach Tico Rodriguez could describe his team’s reaction when Capri Uzan decided to play football in his senior year.

Extremely beneficial is the best way to describe Uzan’s contributions for the Jaguars through three games. Uzan, who sat out football in his sophomore and junior years to focus on basketball, notched his second straight multiple touchdown game as Desert Pines beat host Clark 41-7 Friday night.

“He wanted to come out and finish playing football with the guys he grew up playing with,” Rodriguez said. “He’s a tremendous athlete and adds another playmaker to our team. He’s so versatile.”

Uzan mostly plays cornerback and receiver for the Jaguars, but both his scores were rushing touchdowns against the Chargers. He had an interception return for a touchdown last week, but the Desert Pines defense found a new way to find the end zone on Friday.

Senior Winston Miller scooped a fumble and returned it 40 yards for a touchdown. Rodriguez wasn’t thrilled with a slow start from the Jaguars, but they overcame it to set up a massive clash of two undefeated teams next week when they travel to Liberty.

“They’re a tremendous team,” Rodriguez said. “We’re excited for the challenge.”

Case Keefer can be reached at 702-948-2790 or [email protected]. Follow Case on Twitter at twitter.com/casekeefer.

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