Friday, Nov. 2, 2018 | 11:04 p.m.
Two seasons ago, the Desert Oasis High football team won just one game. Last year, the Diamondbacks were winless.
This season, it’s been a different story.
Desert Oasis clinched a winning record two weeks ago. Tonight, it qualified for the playoffs as the Southwest League’s No. 4 seed with a 30-28 victory over host Silverado.
“What a turnaround,” Diamondbacks coach Mike Ovens said.
Christian Vaughn had nearly 200 rushing yards and two touchdowns, carrying his team — for yet another Friday night — to victory.
“He was just a workhorse, man,” Ovens said. “He was grinding tonight.”
Colton Zobrist tossed a 51-yard touchdown to Laakea Mulivai with about three minutes to play for the winning points. Zobrist also kicked a field goal at the end of the first half for a 22-10 lead, and ultimately the winning points. Also, Noah Geeser made “three or four great catches,” the coach said.
Desert Oasis opens the playoffs next week at Liberty, the eight-time defending regional champions.
“We are in the playoffs. We have to go play Liberty, and that’s OK,” Ovens said. “We know what we are up against.”