Josiah Kiaaina of Green Valley High School improves after injury
Week one of the playoffs is in the books for grades 5A, 4A, and 3A, and there haven’t been many surprises.
Bishop Gorman and Liberty sailed as planned. Thursday’s other 5A games – Foothill in Green Valley and Desert Pines in Arbor View – went on the wire, with Foothill and Arbor View advancing.
In 4A, the home teams were 2-2, with Clark and Basic, while Cimarron-Memorial lost a home game to Sierra Vista and Desert Oasis was unable to recover from a 21-0 deficit against Durango. .
Virgin Valley and SLAM Nevada took care of home affairs in 3A, with the latter claiming the first playoff victory in program history.
Sadly, the night took a bad turn when Green Valley senior quarterback Josiah Kiaaina was injured in the last minute of Thursday’s game. He was taken off the field on a stretcher and taken to a hospital by ambulance.
Green Valley coach Brian Castro said on Friday Kiaaina’s condition has improved.
” He is fine ; he found movement in all his extremities, ”said Castro. “They diagnosed it was a contusion to the spine.”
Castro said he spoke to Kiaaina and her mother, “and it looks like they’re just waiting to be discharged home” from the hospital.
“They’re finishing a few more tests, and they’ve already taken the neck brace off, so he’s doing fine,” Castro said.
Kiaaina was injured when he was tackled while crossing the sideline near the Green Valley bench. Castro said he didn’t see what happened.
“I guess there’s a video somewhere, but I haven’t seen it,” he said. “There was a collision on the sidelines, and from what I understood, it was kind of a routine deal. There was certainly head contact on both sides. I just felt like whatever angle his head was or his neck was kind of the problem.
Castro said the loss was insignificant following Kiaaina’s injury.
“A scary affair for sure,” he said. “It puts everything in perspective, whether it’s our guy or another guy. These are kids playing a game, and you never know what to see that happen. “
Game of the night
Can Arbor View and Desert Pines play weekly? It seems like every time they meet, it’s an absolute classic that’s only decided in the last few minutes.
That was the case on Thursday, when Arbor View took a 17-7 lead, but had to make a fourth save at his 3-yard line and another after a safety made it a one-point game. The Aggies escaped with a 17-16 home win.
This is the second time that Arbor View has beaten Desert Pines by one point. The Jaguars had a 21-7 halftime lead before the Aggies rallied to a 22-21 win on September 17.
The 5A Southern Region semi-finals are scheduled for Friday, with Foothill traveling to Gorman and Liberty hosting Arbor View. The Gaels and Patriots have easily won the regular season clashes.
In 4A and 3A, the seeds will come out of their weeks off to host games on Friday. In 4A, it will be Sierra Vista in Las Vegas, Durango in Shadow Ridge, Clark in Silverado and Basic in Coronado. In 3A, the Moapa Valley hosts SLAM Nevada and the Pahrump Valley hosts the Virgin Valley.
Playoffs 2A and 1A will begin next week. The Meadows is the number 1 seed in South Region 2A, and Yerington leads the North Region.
In 1A, the four league champions are Pahranagat Valley (Center), Spring Mountain (South), Eureka (East) and Virginia City (West).