Oliva’s five scores lead Foothill over Las Vegas


Christopher DeVargas

Members of the Foothill High School football team, from left, Tyree Shephard, Jared Ables and Marchaun Norris pose for a portrait at the Las Vegas Sun’s high school football media day August 2, 2017, at the South Point.

Fri, Nov 3, 2017 (11:29 p.m.)

Senior running back Isaac Oliva found the end zone five times as Foothill crushed Las Vegas High 42-14 in the first round of the playoffs Friday night.

Oliva scored three times from the one-yard line to propel Foothill into the Sunrise semifinals.

“He’s a really good football player,” Foothill coach Marty Redmond said. “He plays both ways for us. He’s a gritty kid that makes plays when we need him to.”

The Falcons’ defense was able to corral Las Vegas’ all-city running back Elijah Hicks throughout the contest, holding him to only five yards on 10 carries.

“We know he’s a good running back, so being able to stop him was a key for us,” Redmond said. “We did a good job of limiting his damage.”

Las Vegas led the game 7-0 after one quarter, but the Falcons scored 42 straight points to cruise into a Sunrise semifinal matchup with Liberty, who they lost to 43-9 on Oct. 6.

“We have to be able to control the ball and keep our defense off the field,” Redmond said. “We have to play well in every facet — offense, defense and special teams. If we can eliminate turnovers and force some turnovers of our own we’ll have a chance.”

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