FSM Essential Recap: Las Vegas High School Football- Week 5



Week 5 of the 702 High School Football season is in the books and it was another week filled with storylines, drama, and great action on the field. Upsets were the story of the week as two top 5 teams were upset.


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The game of the week was in North West Las Vegas. The #3 and #4 teams in the FSM Prep Rally Top 10 squared off at Arbor View High School where Desert Pines took on the Aggies.

This game had everything you could ask for as a fan. Both teams came out and played tough defense in the first two series. You could see how athletic the Jaguars are, especially their wide receiver Lavon Brown, who had two touchdowns in the game. Brown displayed speed, acceleration, hands, and body control all game. He scored his first touchdown taking a short pass to the house and followed that up with a 50-yard touchdown reception running by the Arbor View defender (who was playing Cover 3) for an easy score. Isaiah Rubin had a pick-6 to push give the Jaguars 21 first-half points.

The Aggies didn’t go away as they cut the score to 14-7 after a Makhai Donaldson score. Donaldson had a hell of a game and looked like the best running back on the field all night, which says a lot considering JoVantae Barnes is the Jaguars running back. Donaldson had 2 touchdown runs and ran for 227 yards as the Aggies offensive line, led by center Cooper Teague, dominated the Jaguars upfront.


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The Aggies gambled just before halftime to try and bring the game within a touchdown. With 5 seconds left they tried a dive up the middle from inside the Jaguars 3-yard line, only to have the officials say he came up short and the teams go to half. But the HUDL film of the play showed that the Aggies did in fact score, half of the player’s body was in the endzone, which only made the Aggies more aggravated.

The second half was a defensive battle. With neither team scoring in the third quarter, we headed to an epic fourth quarter and an ending that Arbor View won’t forget.

The Aggies started to pound the ball down the Jaguars throat in the second half, and it wore them down. The Aggies ran right behind Teague, who was dominating upfront, most of the second half. Very rarely do you talk about a center unless they make a mistake, but Teague’s dominant performance and leadership all game was a key for Arbor View. He controlled the line of scrimmage and kept his emotions in check all game.

After an Aggie score to cut the deficit to 21-14, the Aggies picked up a fumble to give them a chance to at least tie the game. This is when Arbor View offensive coordinator Brett Ridenour made the decision to beat the Jaguars up inside and it paid off. All the running wore the Jaguars defensive line down and with just over a minute left in the game, Donaldson scored his second touchdown to cut the lead to a single point. Aggie head coach Matt Gerber decided to go for two points and the win. Arbor View converted the attempt, but there was controversy. An Aggie offensive lineman was in the endzone when the pass was completed and the officials missed the illegal man downfield call, which was a stroke of luck for the Aggies.

The Jaguars got to midfield, in part due to a pass interference call, and with five seconds left their hopes ended with a quarterback sack and the Aggie’s student body stormed the field to celebrate a 22-21 Arbor View win.


The #1 team in the FSM Prep Rally, Bishop Gorman, blows a lead and loses to Hamilton (AZ).


Hamilton’s quarterback, Nicco Marchiol, didn’t stick around for the wild celebration after he led Chandler Hamilton’s comeback for the ages in Friday night’s remarkable 25-24 victory over Bishop Gorman on ESPNU.

Marchiol, playing beat up and refusing to leave the game, helped Hamilton cash in on two onside kicks in the final minute to lead the most shocking comeback win perhaps in the nation this high school football season.

He threw a 2-yard scoring pass to tight end Michael Masunas with 30 seconds left to cut the score to 24-17.

Then, after Jacob Medina’s second straight-on-side kick worked again and was recovered by Hamilton, Marchiol quickly led the Huskies 48 yards, ending it with a 22-yard strike to sophomore running back Nick Switzer with eight seconds to play cut it to 24-23.

After a timeout, Marchiol took the snap out of shotgun and rolled to his left, and bulled his way into the end zone to give Hamilton a 25-24 lead.

Bishop Gorman couldn’t counter Hamilton’s miracle, and Hamilton’s sideline went crazy as time expired.


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The Prep Rally Week 5 Scores:


Hamilton 25 – Bishop Gorman 24


Liberty 49 – Legacy 7


Arbor View 22 – Desert Pines 21


Silverado 32 – Coronado 14


Palo Verde 27 – Basic 6


Mojave 20 – Del Sol 14


Clark 31 – Sierra Vista 14



The FSM Prep Rally Top 10 Week 5 Rankings:


  1. Bishop Gorman Gaels (L) 
  2. Liberty Patriots (W)
  3. Desert Pines Jaguars (L)
  4. Arbor View Aggies (W)
  5. Silverado Skyhawks (W)
  6. Palo Verde Panthers (W)
  7. Green Valley Gators (Bye)
  8. Mojave Rattlers (W)
  9. Legacy Longhorns (L)
  10. Clark Chargers (W)


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