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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.

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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.”

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