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October 16, 2019

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Shadow Ridge builds on early-season momentum with commanding win

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Members of the Shadow Ridge 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 left, Trevor Sablan, Aubrey Nellems, and Kaejin Smith-Bejgrowicz.

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Shadow Ridge has already topped its season win total from last season after the Mustangs dominated Valley 65-14 Friday night.

Elisha Young galloped for 160 yards and two touchdowns on only five carries — a whopping 32 yards per touch.

“He’s a legit 4.3 (40-yard-dash) kid,” said Shadow Ridge coach Travis Foster. “He’s the fastest kid I’ve ever coached.”

Young scored touchdowns of 67 and 76 yards to help the Mustangs to a 37-8 halftime lead.

Malik Lindsey added 140 rushing yards on only eight carries himself, and quarterback Kody Presser threw only one pass — a 50-yard touchdown to Aubrey Nellems.

“I think we have four kids that I’m pretty confident in carrying the football,” Foster said. “Presser can do some things with his legs as well. It’s definitely a luxury we have running the ball, there’s no doubt about that.”

After winning their first two games by a combined 102 points, the Mustangs have caught the attention of their student body.

“We had 1,300 students come out tonight,” Foster said. “That’s big for us to get the excitement going and have kids turn out for games. Hopefully we can capitalize on it.”

After a 1-9 season last season, Foster believes Shadow Ridge is ready to turn the corner.

“There’s not a lot of selfishness,” Foster said. “We went through the trials and tribulations last year. These kids are different. It’s sharpened them. They are willing to sell out and block for one another rather than complain they aren’t getting the ball.”

The Mustangs get to enjoy their undefeated start during their bye week before facing fellow undefeated Las Vegas High on Sept. 23.

“It’s big for us,” Foster said. “I don’t know if we’ve ever been 3-0. This is a game that we felt we played pretty tight last year. We had one bad quarter and had to play catch up the rest of the game. It’s exciting to get a second shot.”

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