Friday, Aug. 17, 2018 | 10:25 p.m.
It wasn’t supposed to be this easy for the Arbor View High football team.
Kyle Graham returned the opening kickoff for a touchdown today in the season opener against Valley View of California, and the senior also rushed for more than 100 yards and three touchdowns in a 61-13 opening night win.
Arbor View ran just 15 plays. The mercy rule of a running clock started in the first quarter.
“I really don’t know what to say,” Arbor View coach Dan Barnson said of the unexpected lopsided win.
When the Clark County School District told coaches they could schedule a game in mid-August during the first week of school, Barnson went online to a game-exchange board looking for an opponent. Valley View, which in 2016 reached the CIF finals and last year won two playoff games, also needed an opponent.
What was supposed to be a closely contested game turned into a blowout.
JJ Tuinei had a fumble return for a touchdown and Darius Harrison had an interception return for a score. Quarterback Logan Bollinger completed both of the passes he attempted for 47 yards and a touchdown.
Next week, Arbor View travels into California to play Valencia, which is ranked in the top 200 by Max Preps. So while winning by a lopsided margin was nice, running just 15 offensive plays wasn’t ideal.
CORRECTION: We've updated this story to correct the first name of the Arbor View quarterback. | (August 19, 2018)