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July 3, 2015

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Defense helps Mojave beat Faith Lutheran in league opener

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Las Vegas Sun sports reporters Ray Brewer and Case Keefer talk Liberty's statement victory, Bishop Gorman's error-filled night and Centennial's time to shine against Arbor View. In the middle of the usual discussion, they break into an argument over which player is having the best season so far — D.J. Pumphrey or Niko Kapeli.

Marcus Hines had a fumble return and interception return for a touchdown Friday for the Mojave High football team, helping the Rattlers force eight turnovers in a 45-13 victory against host Faith Lutheran in the Division I-A league opener for both schools.

Mojave coach Joe Delgado estimates this is the first time in seven seasons the Rattlers have won their league opener. Mojave, which opened in 1996, has advanced just once to the playoffs.

With Friday’s win, they have a 3-2 overall record.

“It’s great for our seniors ... to see that their hard work is paying off,” Mojave High coach Joe Delgado said.

Quarterback Zack Arave passed for a pair of touchdowns to Billy Murphy, and added 89 rushing yards on seven carries.

Sophomore Ty Flanagan had 186 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 23 carries, and Xavier Anderson had a rushing touchdown.

Defensively, Lorenzo Guerrero had three sacks and Flanagan led Mojave with 11 tackles.

Ray Brewer can be reached at 990-2662 or ray.brewer@lasvegassun.com. Follow Ray on Twitter at twitter.com/raybrewer21.

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