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September 19, 2019

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Oliva’s five scores lead Foothill over Las Vegas

Las Vegas Sun HS Football Media Day 2017

Christopher DeVargas

Members of the Foothill High School football team, from left, Tyree Shephard, Jared Ables and Marchaun Norris pose for a portrait at the Las Vegas Sun’s high school football media day August 2, 2017, at the South Point.

Senior running back Isaac Oliva found the end zone five times as Foothill crushed Las Vegas High 42-14 in the first round of the playoffs Friday night.

Oliva scored three times from the one-yard line to propel Foothill into the Sunrise semifinals.

“He’s a really good football player,” Foothill coach Marty Redmond said. “He plays both ways for us. He’s a gritty kid that makes plays when we need him to.”

The Falcons’ defense was able to corral Las Vegas’ all-city running back Elijah Hicks throughout the contest, holding him to only five yards on 10 carries.

“We know he’s a good running back, so being able to stop him was a key for us,” Redmond said. “We did a good job of limiting his damage.”

Las Vegas led the game 7-0 after one quarter, but the Falcons scored 42 straight points to cruise into a Sunrise semifinal matchup with Liberty, who they lost to 43-9 on Oct. 6.

“We have to be able to control the ball and keep our defense off the field,” Redmond said. “We have to play well in every facet — offense, defense and special teams. If we can eliminate turnovers and force some turnovers of our own we’ll have a chance.”

Jesse Granger can be reached at 702-259-8814 or [email protected]. Follow Jesse on Twitter at twitter.com/JesseGranger_.