Las Vegas Sun

September 19, 2019

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kickoff 2017:

Slow start dooms Canyon Springs in California

Las Vegas Sun HS Football Media Day 2017

Christopher DeVargas

Members of the Canyon Springs High School football team, from left, Germaine Carmena, Knylen Miller-Levi, Donavan Wolfe, Diamante Burton, Shaun Greene Jr. and Keyon White pose for a portrait at the Las Vegas Sun’s high school football media day August 2, 2017, at the South Point.

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When Canyon Springs scheduled a road trip to California to play last year’s state runner-up, the Pioneers knew it would be a challenge.

St. Augustine High lived up to that billing Friday night in San Diego, romping Canyon Springs 51-12.

“It was a rough one,” said Canyon Springs coach Gus McNair. “We just waited too late to start playing and missed a lot of opportunities.”

Standout receiver Diamonte Burton caught both touchdowns for the Pioneers, who trailed 28-6 at halftime.

“What I hope to accomplish by taking a game like this is to show the guys there’s another level,” McNair said. “There’s a certain way you have to prepare when you say you want to be elite.”

Canyon Springs plays its annual rivalry game with Cheyenne next week before hosting another California team in Clayton Valley. McNair hopes the brutal nonconference schedule prepares the team for a better postseason than in 2016.

“Our test will be there when it counts late in November, and doing stuff like this helps,” McNair said. “Foothill was a battle-tested team last year and that’s why they beat us. Elite teams have to be consistent and we aren’t right now.”