Desert Pines cherishes victory over neighbor Las Vegas

Christophe De Vargas

Members of the Desert Pines High School football team are pictured during the Las Vegas Sun Media Day at Red Rock Resort High School on August 3, 2021. They include, left to right, Rjay Tagataese, Jovantae Barnes and Jett Solomon .

Javontae Barnes ran for 190 yards and three touchdowns in just 10 carries tonight for the Desert Pines football team in a 38-0 win over host Las Vegas High.

Desert Pines, the 2016 and 2017 State Champions, is the clearest program in east Las Vegas. But not so long ago that label belonged to Las Vegas – the 2005 and 2006 State Champions.

“I’ve been at Desert Pines since 2001 and I know what that rivalry was about,” said Desert Pines coach Tico Rodriguez. “Believe me, we enjoy every win over Las Vegas. I remember when Vegas was Vegas, and I have a lot of respect for the coach (Erick Capetillo). Any win over Vegas is good.

Rjay Tagataese completed the seven passes he threw for 159 yards and a touchdown to Alex Swift. Ferrari Busby had four carries for 40 yards and a touchdown.

After failing to score in the second half last week in a loss to Green Valley, a shutout win was definitely a step in the right direction, the coach said.

“We have a young team so there are going to be ups and downs,” Rodriguez said. “We aim to improve every week and we have worked really hard in training this week.”


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