Las Vegas Sun

April 20, 2015

Currently: 76° — Complete forecast | Log in | Create an account

high school football:

Moapa Valley hammers Virgin Valley


Steve Marcus

Moapa Valley High School Principal Grant Hanevold holds the “Victory Hammer,” a rivalry trophy, 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 to retain the hammer.

Prep Sports Now

Dominance of Moapa and Gorman; who's No. 2: Liberty or Arbor View?

  • You need to upgrade your Flash Player

Las Vegas Sun sports reporters Ray Brewer and Case Keefer compare the run Moapa Valley is on in the Division 1-A to the one Bishop Gorman has put together this season in the upper decision. Other familiar arguments arise, including a debate on whether Arbor View should be considered as the second-best team in the state. Give us your thoughts in the comments.

Moapa Valley is keeping the hammer once again.

The Pirates won their eighth straight “Hammer Game” against heated rival Virgin Valley Friday night. This one wasn’t even close, as Moapa Valley thrilled its home crowd with a 47-6 blowout victory.

“We came out hard and jumped on them pretty early,” Moapa Valley coach Brent Lewis said.

The Bulldogs loaded the box in an attempt to slow the Pirates' vaunted rushing attack. It didn’t work.

Moapa Valley’s triumvirate of running backs found space all night. Conner Mortensen, Sean McConnell and Kasen Highes each scored two touchdowns.

McConnell led the way with 102 yards. Mortensen and Hughes were close behind with 90 and 70, respectively. Jared Repp also gained 50 yards.

On defense, Moapa Valley held Virgin Valley to less than 150 yards.

“We came out in a five-front and might have surprised them with that,” Lewis said. “We didn’t want to give them much time to throw.”

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

Join the Discussion:

Check this out for a full explanation of our conversion to the LiveFyre commenting system and instructions on how to sign up for an account.

Full comments policy

Previous Discussion: 1 comment so far…

Comments are moderated by Las Vegas Sun editors. Our goal is not to limit the discussion, but rather to elevate it. Comments should be relevant and contain no abusive language. Comments that are off-topic, vulgar, profane or include personal attacks will be removed. Full comments policy. Additionally, we now display comments from trusted commenters by default. Those wishing to become a trusted commenter need to verify their identity or sign in with Facebook Connect to tie their Facebook account to their Las Vegas Sun account. For more on this change, read our story about how it works and why we did it.

Only trusted comments are displayed on this page. Untrusted comments have expired from this story.

  1. The bar has been set.