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Moapa Valley walks away with unsatisfying 54-19 victory at Faith Lutheran

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Moapa Valley football players, from left, Conner Mortensen, Matthew McDermand and Sean McConnell, July 26, 2012.

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Moapa Valley rushed out to a 32-0 lead at Faith Lutheran and walked away with a 54-19 victory, but it’s not one coach Brent Lewis will remember fondly.

“One of those games you don’t feel super good about,” Lewis said.

Moapa Valley gave up a few big plays right before halftime, and from there the game turned sloppy. Penalties, fumbles and interceptions ruined their good time. Lewis said there were four or five big plays that were called back because of Moapa Valley mistakes.

“My kids were kind of down about how they played,” Lewis said.

Faith Lutheran pulled off its big plays by lulling the Moapa Valley defense to sleep with passes on almost every play, then breaking big gains with runs up the middle.

Still, the score was never very close, and that’s due primarily to Moapa Valley duo Conner Mortensen and Sean McConnell. In addition to a couple of rushing scores, Lewis said McConnell scored on a punt return after retreating nearly 25 yards from the spot he caught the ball and dodging several tackles on his way to the end zone.

For his part, Mortensen scored on a kick return and also reached the end zone a couple of times on the ground.

“Both of those guys were real solid for us,” Lewis said.

Taylor Bern can be reached at 948-7844 or taylor.bern@lasvegassun.com. Follow Taylor on Twitter at twitter.com/taylorbern.

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