Las Vegas vs Silverado Skyhawks

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Two undefeated schools faced off against each other Friday night when Las Vegas High School (3-0) traveled to play against Silverado High School (1-1).

What looked like a blowout by the end of the third quarter, turned out to be a close game as Las Vegas won 39-28.

1st Quarter

Silverado got on the board first thanks to a four-yard touchdown run by senior running back Jacob Mendez.

Las Vegas then answered with a big run by senior running back Jay Curtis for a 40-yard touchdown.

The Skyhawks were driving down the length of the field, only for Mendez to fumble at the goal line and turn the ball over to Las Vegas. The first quarter then ended with the score tied 7-7.

2nd Quarter

Aginae Cunningham made up for his teammate’s fumble when he scored on a huge run for Silverado. The junior running back ran for 33 yards on the touchdown.

Junior quarterback Ja’shawn Scroggins threw a screen pass to senior wide receiver Miles Davis for a long 72-yard touchdown. The play increased the Wildcats’ lead 19-14 going into halftime.

3rd Quarter

Scroggins and Davis started the second half the same way they ended the first: connecting for another outstanding touchdown. This time the play went for 61 yards.

Skyhawk junior defensive back Ryan Thomas then intercepted a pass from Scroggins for the Wildcats’ first turnover of the game.

On the very next play, Silverado fumbled the ball and Las Vegas recovered it for a touchdown, making the score 33-21.

4th Quarter

The Tunnell brother connected for a touchdown when Brandon threw a pass to Bryson for the 30-yard score, to cut the lead for Silverado.

Then Scroggins threw his second interception of the game to freshman linebacker Chris Federico.

Silverado then capitalized on the turnover to score another touchdown, when Tunnell connected with wide receiver Ryan Thomas. The 24-yard touchdown play made the score 33-28.

Las Vegas looked to put the game away as they drove down the field, only to get stopped at the goal line by the Skyhawk defense. Silverado now had 1:40 to drive down the length of the field to win the game.

On the very last play of the game, Tunnell threw the game-clinching pick-six to give the Wildcats the victory, 39-28.

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“Towards the end of the half, they made adjustments, but we were able to finish out the game and it was a great way to end it,” said Erick Capatillo, Las Vegas Head Coach.

Erick Capatillo – Photo by Isaiah Torres


“We all love each other, played together as a team, and we just came out to win,” Las Vegas quarterback Ja’shawn Scroggins unselfishly speaking about his team’s victory.

Ja’shawn Scroggins – Photo by Isaiah Torres


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