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Boulder City continues hot start with big win over Faith Lutheran

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Boulder City football players Michael Kelso and D. J. Koopman Thursday, July 26, 2012.

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Nevada teams hold it down nationally

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Bishop Gorman and Faith Lutheran pulled off upsets against out-of-state opponents last week. Can Liberty follow suit when it travels to Southern California to challenge Crespi Saturday night? Gorman's got another televised contest, too — against Saint Louis in Hawaii. Las Vegas Sun sports reporters Ray Brewer and Case Keefer break down these contests and more on this edition of Prep Sports Now.

The new Division 1-A Sunrise may have a surprise team contending for the first league championship.

That team is Boulder City High, which won its second straight to open the season Friday night in impressive fashion. Boulder City defeated Faith Lutheran 41-22 with its second dominant defensive showing in as many games.

The Eagles held the Crusaders to six points until the fourth quarter when the game was out of reach.

“The defense came out and played extremely physical,” Boulder City coach Alex Kazel said. “They were flying around and really played lights-out.”

A week after traveling to Colorado and starting its season with an upset victory, Faith Lutheran posted -6 rushing yards on 15 carries against Boulder City.

The Eagles defense shared the spotlight with junior running back Xavier Steel, who had 10 carries for 267 yards and four touchdowns.

Steel had three rush attempts go for more than 70 yards.

“He’s got so much speed to burn you,” Kazel said. “When he gets in the open, he turns it on. He’s gone.”

D.J. Koopman added 85 yards on 14 carries. Through two games, Boulder City is averaging 162 rushing yards from its fullbacks.

Seniors Billy Viera, Joe Miller and Kaleb Bailey also scored. Viera had a 36-yard rushing touchdown, while Miller connected with Bailey for six points through the air.

Case Keefer can be reached at 948-2790 or [email protected]. Follow Case on Twitter at twitter.com/casekeefer.

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