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October 16, 2019

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Del Sol tight end switches to running back, leads team to victory

LVSUN HSFB Media Day 2018

Christopher DeVargas

Members of the Del Sol 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, Treshaun Alexander, Markell Turner, Ray’ Vhaun and Bryan Juarez.

The Del Sol and Chaparral football teams were deadlocked 21-21 late in the third quarter of Friday night’s game when Dragons starting running back Trey Alexander left the game with an injury.

Del Sol threw senior tight end Kamani Wilks into the backfield, and he ran for three fourth-quarter touchdowns to lead his team to a 40-21 win.

“He’s a big boy and he got behind his pads and was rumbling down the field,” Del Sol coach Mike Valenzuela said. “Yesterday we installed two inside runs for him, and we never had to get to the second one. We just kept running the power with him.”

Del Sol quarterback Andre Nevarez threw four interceptions and the Dragons turned the ball over five times in the first half. In the second half Valenzuela and his staff simplified the offense and the running game took over.

The win brings Del Sol to 2-2 on the season with a very winnable game against Rancho next Friday.

“It was the biggest win of my short tenure here,” Valenzuela said. “We’ve had a lot of close games and we were able to get over the hump and finish those games.”

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