Las Vegas beats Durango for first league title in 11 years


Christopher DeVargas

Members of the Las Vegas High School football team are pictured during the Las Vegas Sun’s high school football media day at the Red Rock Resort on August 3rd, 2021. They include, from left, Bryan Inmon, Seth Tomsen, Alejandro Barraza Ponce DeLeon and Rob Flanagan.

Fri, Oct 15, 2021 (11 p.m.)

Kawika Lopez had a 70-yard fumble return for a touchdown in the second half tonight for the Las Vegas football team in a 10-7 victory against Durango to give the Wildcats their first league championship in 11 seasons.

The Las Vegas defense created six takeaways and Raul Alfaro nailed a 22-yard field goal in the first half.

Las Vegas brought the ball into Durango territory a handful of times, but penalties kept stalling drives, coach Erick Capetillo said.

Still, the end result is what they desired — a league title and No. 1 playoff seed.

“First division title in 11 years — that’s something to be proud of,” Capetillo said.

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