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September 19, 2019

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Basic scores on final play to escape Silverado

Las Vegas Sun HS Football Media Day 2017

Christopher DeVargas

Members of the Basic High School football team, from left, Cole Matoon, Cristian Scales, Jordan Gallegos and Zach Grismanouskas pose for a portrait at the Las Vegas Sun’s high school football media day August 2, 2017, at the South Point.

A trying two weeks ended in euphoric fashion for Basic on Thursday night.

The Wolves came off of a one-week suspension from its brawl with Canyon Springs seemingly sluggish, and it looked like it would cost them a vital Southeast division victory when Silverado scored a go-ahead touchdown with 1:02 left on the game clock. But Basic maintained composure, mounted a drive and scored a game-winning touchdown on the final play of the game when sophomore quarterback Paul Myro found senior receiver Zach Girsmanauskas for a 35-yard completion.

“Everyone ran onto the field and celebrated,” Basic coach Jeff Cahill said. “It was a special feeling.”

It was a fitting way to end a game that had four lead changes in the fourth quarter alone. Both teams’ offenses came alive late after timely defensive stands were key in the first half.

Basic got inside Silverado’s own 5-yard line on each of its first two drives, but came away with no points when one field goal was blocked and another snap sailed over the holder’s head. Silverado scored first, and kept up with Basic all night from there.

The Wolves won’t soon forget the heroics conducted by Myro, who threw four touchdown passes, to stave off the upset bid.

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