Chaparral converts two late field goals, rallies past Basic


Christopher DeVargas

Members of the Chaparral 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, Joe Tauilili and Tayshawn Collins.

Fri, Oct 11, 2019 (11:59 p.m.)

Dennis Perez kicked a pair of field goals in the final three minutes Friday for the Chaparral High football team in a 6-3 victory against host Basic.

It was Chaparral’s first on-the-field league win in two years since being promoted to the class 4A. Last year, they beat Liberty by forfeit.

“We think we are a playoff-caliber team,” Cowboys coach Don Willis said. “But falling to 0-2 in league would have been a tough hill to climb out of.”

Perez kicked a 27-yard field goal with 2:50 to play. After Wesley Tauiliili forced a fumble and Meshach Hawkins recovered it at the Basic 30-yard line on the ensuing possession, Perez booted the game-winner from 33 yards out.

“I have never had a kicker as good as him in my career,” said Willis, who is in his 22nd year coaching.

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