Strong second half powers Desert Oasis by Valley


Christopher DeVargas

Members of the Desert Oasis High School football team are pictured during the Las Vegas Sun’s high school football media day at the Red Rock Resort on July 24, 2019. They include, from left, Tyler Stott, Alex Simi and Ethan Lake.

Fri, Aug 30, 2019 (11:18 p.m.)

The star running back went off, the quarterback threw three touchdown passes and the defense was terrific. All in a night’s work for Desert Oasis.

The Diamondbacks came out slow but dominated the second half against Valley and cruised to a 42-21 victory.

Christian Vaughn, one of the top running backs in the area, carried the ball 30 times for 230 yards and three touchdowns for the Diamondbacks. Quarterback Tyler Stott threw a trio of touchdown passes, including two to William Jordan, whose catches totaled 105 yards.

On the other side of the ball, Nigel Griffin scooped up a fumble and ran 75 yards for the score, and Ethan Lake and Dawson Featherstone each had a pair of tackles-for-loss.

After trailing 14-12 at halftime, Desert Oasis outscored Valley 30-7 in the second half with the Vikings' only second-half points coming with a minute left in the game.

“We kind of shot ourselves in the foot with a lot of mistakes,” coach Mike Ovens said. “The kids came out in the second half and dominated the line of scrimmage.”

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