Canyon Springs will be better in long run from game in Atlanta area


Christopher DeVargas

Members of the Canyon Springs 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, Jerome-Tausulu Misaalefua, Tre’jon Hawkins, Martin Blake, Adrien Pidgeon and Javeion Davison.

Fri, Sep 6, 2019 (8:24 p.m.)

The result wasn’t what the Canyon Springs High football team envisioned in their trip from North Las Vegas to Atlanta. After all, the 45-8 loss to Marist of Georgia today surely doesn’t speak to the quality of program the Pioneers are building.

However, the experience of the four-day journey was exactly what coach Gus McNair expected. Players bonded during the travels to a part of the country most had never seen.

And, most important, they played a quality opponent. Marist and its triple-option attack was simply too much.

“It was a physical game,” McNair said. “They are 70 (players) deep. We are 45. They wore us out.”

Martin Blake accounted for 75 all-purpose yards, including a short touchdown reception from Nyic’quavayion Willis for the lone Canyon Springs points. Willis completed 12 of 23 passes for 113 yards, including connecting four times for 65 yards to Javeion Davison.

“This trip will work out on the back end for us,” McNair said.

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