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August 23, 2019

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Fill-in running back goes for 300 yards in Desert Oasis win

LVSUN HSFB Media Day 2018

Christopher DeVargas

Members of the Desert Oasis High football team pose for a photo at the Las Vegas Sun’s high school football media day Tuesday July 31, 2018 at the Red Rock Resort and Casino. They include, from left, Alvin Pomare, Laakea Mulivai and Brandon Cuevas.

Desert Oasis was without running back Christian Vaughn, one of the state’s leading rushers, tonight for its Southwest League game against Spring Valley.

Instead, it was Alvin Pomare’s turn to put up big numbers.

Pomare rushed for about 300 yards and four touchdowns to lead the Diamondbacks to a 28-20 victory and keep their playoff hopes alive.

“It was a grind. We had to grind it out,” Desert Oasis coach Mike Ovens said.

Pomare also filled in for an injured player on defense at linebacker.

“He’ll be sore tomorrow,” Ovens said.

If Desert Oasis wins its final two games, against Clark and Silverado, it would reach the postseason. Regardless, it will finish with a .500 record — not bad considering it didn’t win a game last season.

“We are still alive,” Ovens said. “Worst-case scenario is we are a .500 team. That would be a feather to hang our cap on.”

Ray Brewer can be reached at 702-990-2662 or [email protected]. Follow Ray on Twitter at twitter.com/raybrewer21