Yurview kicks off its high school football coverage in Las Vegas on Saturday morning at 11 a.m. as the offensively well-balanced Clark Chargers (ranked 37th in the state by MaxPreps.com) travel to Sierra Vista High School to play the highly-touted Mountain Lions (ranked 19th in the state by MaxPreps.com) as both teams enter the game with matching 2-1 records.
Game Preview: Ball Balance versus Ready to Run
Providing the Charge for Clark
On offensive viewers will immediately notice a stark contrast in strategy—the well-balanced offensive of Clark compared to the run-heavy attack led by Sierra Vista.
For Clark, they are led by senior Aquantay Morris, who plays running back along with several other positions on both sides of the ball. New Clark head coach Ricky Pickens has placed even more of an offensive emphasis on Morris for his final year, as he is averaging over 180 rushing yards in his first three games. Morris teams up with junior running back Isaiah Bigby who is averaging over 70 rushing yards per game.
To add balance to the offense, the passing attack of senior quarterback Justin Aguilar has been the perfect compliment, as he is averaging 226 passing yards per game with a quarterback rating of nearly 105.
Sierra Vista Keeps it Simple
For Sierra Vista it all begins and ends with the running game, as they have less than half of the passing attempts as Clark for the season.
Sierra Vista’s ground game is extremely balanced between two seniors, Bryan Lagrange and Isaiah Zavala, who respectfully have 27 and 28 rushing attempts on the season. Lagrange is averaging 122 yards in the first two games he has played while Zavala is averaging nearly 80 yards per game.
The running game of the dynamic duo is definitely the key to success if the Mountain Lions want to take the charge out of the Chargers on Saturday morning on Yurview.
The Yurview crew caught up with Sierra Vista senior safety and receiver Kevin McCray for an interview about the upcoming game on Saturday:
Final Game Analysis
Sierra Vista is the favorite as they have a deeper, more experienced roster than Clark. For Clark to pull off the upset look for offensive play-calling that keeps the Sierra Vista defense off-balance, while controlling the battle for time of possession.
If not, it may be hard for the Chargers to escape the claws of the Mountain Lions…