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Moapa Valley wraps up 3A Southern league title with victory over Boulder City


Steve Marcus

Moapa’s Conner Mortensen carries the ball during a game between Virgin Valley High School and Moapa Valley High School in Overton on Friday, Oct. 14, 2011. The Moapa Pirates shut out the Bulldogs 18-0.

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Final push for the postseason

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Las Vegas Sun sports reporters Ray Brewer and Case Keefer look across the Las Vegas valley at the playoff races still alive entering the last week of the regular season. Does Canyon Springs have a shot against Las Vegas? What about Foothill vs. Liberty? Listen in for discussion on these topics and more.

Moapa Valley’s defense had carried the team the past two weeks. It was the offense’s turn in a 41-19 victory over league opponent Boulder City Thursday night.

An offensive explosion led the Pirates out of an early 13-7 hole on the road and gave them the top seed in the 3A South division.

“It was a good one for us to get into the playoffs with,” Moapa Valley coach Brent Lewis said. “We had mental mistakes. We felt a couple of their scores, they got because of our mistakes. But I thought we played pretty solid. We’re kind of banged up and we got through it.”

Bruising junior running back Conner Mortensen scored four times for Moapa Valley. Mortensen finished with 137 of the Pirates 223 rushing yards.

Boulder City had 99 yards on the ground, but 82 of it came on a single play in the first quarter. The Pirates held the Eagles to -2 rushing yards in the second half.

Moapa Valley will host bitter rival Virgin Valley in a first round playoff game next week. The Pirates are three wins away from their ultimate goal — a state championship.

“We accomplished our first goal,” Lewis said. “That was to win the league and host a home playoff game.”

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