Friday, Nov. 3, 2017 | 11:29 p.m.
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.”