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Legacy’s Aubrey Washington runs wild against Shadow Ridge

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Members of the Legacy High School football team, from left, Amere Foster, Terrence Smith and Roberto Valenzuela pose for a portrait at the Las Vegas Sun’s high school football media day August 2, 2017, at the South Point.

Thu, Oct 26, 2017 (11:23 p.m.)

It seemed Legacy running back Aubrey Washington would find the end zone nearly every time he touched the ball Thursday night at Shadow Ridge High School.

Washington racked up 243 yards and five touchdowns on only 12 carries to lead the Longhorns to a 54-21 win and a postseason berth.

The win capped off a 6-3 season for Legacy — good enough for the No. 3 seed in the Northwest League and a first-round playoff matchup with Sierra Vista. It also eliminated Shadow Ridge from playoff contention.

“I liked the execution tonight,” Legacy coach John Isola said. “We had a game plan and we talked about execution. If we can execute our script we have great potential.”

The Longhorns have success on the ground nearly every season, but what makes this year’s team different is the ability to threaten defenses through the air. Quarterback Roberto Valenzuela, who completed 7-of-11 passes for 119 yards and two scores Friday night, adds another weapon.

“When you have Aubrey and company rushing for over 300 yards, and then we pass and it's effective, it’s the perfect complement and it helps us tremendously in the playoffs,” Isola said.

The first-round game is a rematch from last year’s playoffs, when Legacy beat Sierra Vista 53-21.

Jesse Granger can be reached at 702-259-8814 or [email protected]. Follow Jesse on Twitter at twitter.com/JesseGranger_.

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