Rancho High School
Valley High School - 1997 Sunrise Division Champions
Cheyenne High School
Santa Margarita High School (California) - USA Today's #8 Western H.S. Team
Bonanza High School
Clark High School
Cimarron High School - 1997 Sunset Division Champions and AAA Nevada State Runner-Up
Western High School - 1996 Nevada State AAAA Champions
Bishop-Gorman High School
Thursday, October 30, 1997
Zone Quarter Finals
Chaparral High School
Friday, November 7, 1997
Cimarron-Memorial High School
Friday, November 14, 1997
Western at Cimarron-Memorial
Friday, November 21, 1997
Cimarron-Memorial vs. McQueen
1997-1998 Nevada State AAAA Champion - McQueen High School
Durango 20, Rancho 12
Las Vegas Review Journal - At Durango, Scott Freel passed for 75 yards and Alex Dixon rushed for 70 yards in the Trailblazers' victory over the Rams.
Rancho dominated the first quarter, scoring 12 points, but the Rams never scored again. Durango took over from there, posting the next 20 points.
Jason Carpenter dove to catch a Freel pass to complete a second quarter rally.
Durango 33, Valley 28
Freel's late-game heroics help Durango edge Valley
Quarterback Scott Freel tops an 80-yard drive with a touchdown pass as the Trailblazers nip the Vikings.
Las Vegas Review Journal - By John Gilbert
Durango High School senior quarterback Scott Freel isn't much for season openers. But give Freel a chance to get the first-game jitters out of his system, and he's downright dangerous. Valley found out the hard way Friday night when Freel engineered an 80-yard game-winning drive in the final minutes of the Trailblazers' 33-28 victory at Valley.
Freel, who completed 16 of 32 passes for 196 yards and two touchdowns, connected on a 27-yard pass to senior wideout Jason Carpenter in the right corner of the end zone with 15 seconds left to lift Durango. "I don't know what it is about the first game of the season," said Freel, who has thrown all five of his career interceptions in season openers, including two last week in a 20-12 victory over Rancho. "I guess I just pump myself up too much."
Durango's late rally spoiled the return of Valley senior quarterback Dion Jackson. Jackson, who did not play as a junior, put on quite a performance in his home-field debut. The 6-foot, 165-pounder completed 11 of 20 passes for 235 yards and two touchdowns. He also rushed 14 times for 67 yards, including two touchdowns and a two-point conversion. With Valley trailing 26-14 midway through the fourth quarter, Jackson capped a 59-yard drive with a 22-yard touchdown pass to Artis Carhee. After the Vikings' defense stopped Durango after one first down, Jackson took Valley 66 yards in three plays.
Jackson opened the drive with 7-yard run, then hit Jamie Cuevas with a 57-yard pass before sneaking in from the 2 to close Durango's lead to 27-26. Valley coach Greg Murphy went for the win when Jackson dove just inside the right pylon for the two-point conversion and a 28-27 advantage.
With 2:46 left, the stage was set for Freel's final drive. "We were just trying to get close enough for a field goal," Durango coach John Mausbach said. "Our kicker, Jason Schneider, has been hitting field goals from 35 to 45 yards in practice." But with first-and-10 from the Valley 27, Mausbach said he was going to let Freel take three cracks at the end zone.
On second down he found Carpenter, who had a game-high seven receptions for 109 yards. "I just love winning," said Freel, who was noticeably choked up after the victory. "And I love Jason Carpenter."
Durango running back Brian Townsend carried 19 times for 66 yards and scored on touchdown runs of 19 yards and 1 yard. The Trailblazers' top running back, junior Alex Dixon, had 89 yards on nine carries in the first half but suffered a mild concussion and did not play in the second half. Durango jumped out to and early lead when Freel hooked up with Mark Weisenmiller on a 27-yard play-action pass in the first quarter. The Trailblazers owned a 20-7 halftime lead after Townsend's two touchdowns in the second quarter.
But the heat and the humidity affected both teams in the second half. "I thought Valley did a great job," Mausbach said. "It's too bad there had to be a loser in this one." After two narrow victories to start the season, Mausbach is looking for better things from his team later this season. "We still haven't played a full game yet," Mausbach said. "Our goal is to play four quarters of football."
NOTE: Jason awarded Durango's "Offensive Player of the Week"
Cheyenne 21, Durango 0
Cheyenne brings end to Durango's rallying ways
The Trailblazers, who had to rally to win their first two games, have no answers in a loss to the Desert Shields
Las Vegas Review Journal - By Tim Guessman The Durango High School football team came from behind to win its first two games of the season.
Friday, it took host Cheyenne just 1 minute, 24 seconds to put the Trailblazers in the hole again with a 60-yard touchdown scamper from quarterback Lawrence Turner.
Only this time, Durango never had a chance to orchestrate a comeback thanks to the hard-hitting Desert Shield defense, which limited the Blazers to 122 yards of total offense and powered Cheyenne to a 21-0 victory.
Cheyenne improved to 3-0 overall and 1-0 in the Sunset Division, and Durango fell to 2-1, 0-1.
The victory also was a measure of revenge for the Desert Shields, as it was last season's 17-15 season-ending loss to Durango that bumped Cheyenne from the playoffs.
"That was important for the kids," Cheyenne coach George Perry said. "Our program is at a point now that we all know how we screwed it up last year. We did have the senior leadership we needed. But this year, our seniors are doing what we need."
A pair of those seniors -- William O'Neal and Jeremy Rogers -- combined for 282 yards rushing to lead Cheyenne's offense, which finished with 321 rushing yards.
O'Neal led the way, gaining 178 yards on 16 carries. Rogers added 104 yards, including a 4-yard scoring run with 6:21 left in the first quarter that gave Cheyenne a 14-0 lead.
"We are still a little young on our offensive line, but they are improving," Perry said. "We have a talented quarterback and several talented backs. If our line continues to improve, we'll have a chance to do some things. The line has come along, but they still have a long way to go."
But it was Cheyenne's defense that was on track Friday, never letting Durango into the game. The Shields forced four turnovers and limited the Blazers to 58 total yards in the first half.
Senior defensive back Bobby Antee picked off two passes and broke up three more.
"It was my job to focus in on the tight end and my area, but me and my corners were on it all night," Antee said. "We saw in the papers that they (Durango) were getting a lot of credit. So we just came in tonight, played hard and put them away."
Durango quarterback Scott Freel, who threw for 271 yards in Durango's first two games and engineered both of the Blazers come-from-behind victories, connected on just 4 of 20 passes for 14 yards against Cheyenne.
Alex Dixon was the lone bright spot on offense for Durango, rushing for 78 yards on 13 carries. But with the passing game sputtering, the Blazer offense could never rally behind Dixon, and Durango never crossed the 50-yard line in the second half.
"Our defense is good. We knew it would be," Antee said. "We just have to get to scoring points now, then it all will be good for us."
Turner gave Cheyenne the lead for good on the third play from scrimmage, keeping the ball on an option play to the left side and racing 60 yards to the end zone to make it 7-0 with 10:24 left in the first quarter.
On Durango's third play from scrimmage, Antee snared his first interception as Scott Freel's pass slipped through Mark Weisenmiller's hands. The teams then exchanged fumbles before Rogers' scoring run made it 14-0.
Turner's 2-yard touchdown run with 4:04 left in the fourth quarter sealed the victory for Cheyenne, which has given up just nine points and an average of 121 yards in its three games.
Santa Margarita, Calif., 52, Durango 0Santa Margarita 52
Las Vegas Review Journal - At Durango, limited to one quarter of action, top quarterback prospect Carson Palmer threw for 164 yards and two touchdowns in the Eagles' romp.
Santa Margarita, ranked eighth in the West by USA Today, broke open a 3-0 game with four second-quarter touchdowns. That was the only quarter for Palmer, who is recovering from a stress fracture in his left foot.
The Eagles rolled up 525 yards of offense. Backup quarterback Greg Orlando and running back Bryant Wolfsberger each scored two touchdowns.
Durango (2-2) was shut out for the second straight week. The Trailblazers' Scott Freel threw for 111 yards, completing nine of 19 passes, but the rest of the Durango offense managed just 41 yards.
Durango 21, Bonanza 20Durango 21
Las Vegas Review Journal - At Durango, Scott Freel threw a 9-yard touchdown pass to Jason Carpenter with 2:04 remaining to complete Durango's second-half comeback.
Bonanza appeared to be cruising to an easy victory midway through the third quarter, when Marcus Brown ran for his second touchdown to give the Bengals a 14-0 lead.
Brown led the Bengals' strong rushing game with 33 carries for 190 yards.
But Durango got a big break with less than six minutes to play when a Bonanza punt traveled only six yards. That set the Trailblazers up at their own 45 and, two plays later, Freel threw 38 yards to John Young to put them on Bonanza's 8.
Scott Freel threw for two touchdowns and ran for another in leading the Trailblazers.
DURANGO - Senior quarterback Scott Freel completed 9 of 16 passes for 155 yards and two touchdowns in Durango's 21-20 victory over Bonanza. Freel punctuated the game-winning drive with a 9-yard TD pass to Jason Carpenter with 2:04 left.Return
Durango 35, Clark 19Durango 35
Las Vegas Review Journal - At Clark, Alex Dixon rushed for 205 yards and three touchdowns, including consecutive scores in the second quarter that put the Trailblazers ahead to stay.
With the score tied 7-7, Dixon scored from 4 yards out early in the second quarter. He then added a 1-yard run for a 22-7 Durango lead and, in the fourth quarter, ran 42 yards for his third TD.
Eli Gomez led the Durango defense, grabbing four interceptions.
Clark quarterback Sean Conrad, back in the lineup from an injury, threw three touchdown passes, including two to William Reeves.
NOTE: In his first game as safety/cornerback, Jason had eight tackles, two assists, and recovered a Spartan fumble in the losing effort against Cimarron.
Spartans shake off lossin win over Trailblazers
Las Vegas Review Journal -- After his team lost in double overtime to Western last week, Cimarron-Memorial coach Greg Spencer didn't know how his team would respond against Durango.
He found out quickly.
The Spartans (6-1, 4-1 Sunset Division) scored 22 first-quarter points and proceeded to rout the Trailblazers 42-7 Thursday night at Cimarron.
"I compliment the kids for coming back from the loss at Western," Spencer said. "I like the way they rebounded in a short week of practice. They didn't seem to miss a beat."
Arnold Parker rushed for 145 yards to push his season total to 1,047. The junior tailback scored on runs of 8, 1 and 20 yards. Junior fullback Leonard DeRoche added 39 yards and a 19-yard TD as Cimarron took a 35-7 lead at halftime.
"We came out flat and couldn't recover," Durango coach John Mausbach said. "You've got to come ready to play against a good team, and Cimarron's a good team."
The Spartan defense held Blazer tailback Alex Dixon to 43 yards rushing (8 in the first half) and intercepted quarterback Scott Freel (13 of 27, 171 yards) four times. The first was returned for a 39-yard touchdown by Charles Sanford for a 22-0 Cimarron lead with 3:37 left in the first quarter.
"The defense played well, no doubt about that," Spencer said. "We played well in all aspects of the game."
Durango (4-3, 2-2) answered with a beautiful 59-yard scoring strike from Freel to Jason Carpenter (six catches, 105 yards) to trim the lead to 22-7. Carpenter fought off his defender and caught the ball at the 20.
Spartan senior quarterback Toby Smeltzer completed nine of 15 passes for 176 yards and one interception.
Durango 26, Western 24
NOTE: On defense, Jason had three tackles and one assist.
Las Vegas Review Journal - At Durango, Scott Freel passed for two touchdowns and ran for the game-winning touchdown with 1:10 to play.
Western, trailing 20-17 with 3:50 left to go, was due to receive a punt for a chance at one last scoring drive. But the Warriors were flagged for illegally hitting the center, giving Durango a first down and another possession. The Trailblazers took advantage, scoring five plays later on Freel's 1-yard run.
Alex Dixon led Durango's running game with 169 yards and a 3-yard touchdown run. His carries contributed to a well-balanced attack, as Durango ran for 194 yards and passed for 191 yards.
Western, which gained 255 yards in the first half, was held to just four second-half first downs.
De'Angelo Floyd rushed for 126 yards and Marcus Lewis ran for 124 yards in the losing effort.
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Durango 32, Bishop Gorman 0Durango 32
Las Vegas Review Journal-At Durango, the playoff-bound Trailblazers held the Gaels to less than 100 yards of total offense and picked off five passes in a lopsided victory.
Durango's offense was led by Alex Dixon, who scored two touchdowns and rushed for 172 yards on 24 carries. Dixon's 27-yard touchdown run in the second quarter was set up by defensive back Jason Carpenter's interception at Gorman's 37-yard line. Carpenter and Eric Zika each had two interceptions.
NOTE: Jason awarded Durango's "Defensive Player of the Week"
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