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September 21, 2019

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Chaparral shifts to ground game to dominate Del Sol

2016 High School Football

Christopher DeVargas

Members of the Chaparral 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, Santiago Vialpando, Kentrell Petite, Jesus Fernandez, and Jose Bravo.

Chaparral established itself as one of the division’s best passing offenses through the first four weeks.

In Week 5 against Del Sol, however, the Cowboys opted to complement their aerial proficiency with a solid rushing attack.

Chaparral running back Jacob Ford rumbled 82 yards on season-high 17 carries with a pair of touchdowns, leading the Cowboys (3-3, 1-0 Sunrise League) to a 34-8 victory over the Dragons (3-2, 0-1) on Friday.

“We know we can pass,” Chaparral coach Paul Nihipali said. “We don’t want to be predictable.”

Quarterback Santiago Vialpando, one of the division’s top passers, had an efficient day. Vialpando went 8 for 11 for 131 yards with a pair of touchdowns. He connected with Kentrell Petite for a 48-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter, before finding Devin Gaddy on a 63-yard bomb in the fourth quarter.

“People can’t plan strategy when you know you’re good on the ground as well as the air,” Nihipali said.

Gaddy also included a 33-yard pick-six in the second quarter.

Chaparral travels to Las Vegas High next Friday, while Del Sol visits Boulder City.

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

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