Desert Pines pulls away against Canyon Springs in league opener


Christopher DeVargas

Members of the Desert Pines 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, Blaze Homalon, Elijah Wade, Joe Brown and Gabriel Lopez.

Fri, Oct 11, 2019 (11:57 p.m.)

William Paden had an 80-yard interception return today for the Desert Pines High football team in a 49-14 victory against host Canyon Springs in the Northeast League opener.

Desert Pines surrendered a touchdown at the end of the first half, then closed with 28 unanswered points in remaining undefeated.

“We pulled away in the second half,” Desert Pines coach Tico Rodriguez said. “We played well offensively. We probably had our best game.”

Jovantae Barnes rushed for 150 yards and two touchdowns, Branden Thomas had a 40-yard touchdown, and Deandre Moore scored on a 30-yard reception.

Paden, a 6-foot-3, 210-pound senior linebacker, is starting to blossom into a defensive force, Rodriguez said. He’s a converted safety with a ton of potential.

“He’s so long and athletic,” Rodriguez said.

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