Sam Morris / Las Vegas Sun
Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013 | 11:48 p.m.
Las Vegas Sun sports reporters spend extra time this week discussing impending matchups between Green Valley and Coronado and Centennial and Arbor View. They also look back on the Henderson Bowl and Bishop Gorman's thrilling victory. ***Note: We apologize for the audio-level issues and are looking into correcting the malfunction for next week. In the meantime, please turn up your volume in order to hear Keefer.***
Moapa Valley High is still the team to beat in the Division I-A.
The Pirates were expected to receive a challenge today from Mojave, which gave them a big-time scare in last year’s playoffs. However, the Pirates scored the game’s initial five touchdowns in a 35-6 victory.
“We definitely wanted to, I guess, show everyone we were still the team to beat,” Moapa Valley coach Brent Lewis said.
Zak Hymas completed 8 of 16 passes with two touchdowns for Moapa Valley and also scored on a 2-yard run. Hymas’ biggest play was a touchdown pass to Lance Hilton on the last play of the first half for a 21-0 Moapa Valley lead.
“That gave us some pretty good momentum going into the second half,” Lewis said.
Cole Mulcock had the other receiving touchdown for Moapa Valley, which also received a 1-yard touchdown run from Justin Hughes.
Mojave struggled all night to mount much offense. Ty Flanagan, the Rattlers’ junior running back some consider one of the state’s top recruiting prospects for 2015, was limited to less than 30 yards on nine carries.
Mojave quarterback Zack Arave completed 5 of 9 passes for 149 yards, including a touchdown to Davion Fletcher.
“We didn’t play to the best of our potential by far and they definitely capitalized,” Mojave coach Joe Delgado said. “They are strong, disciplined and very well coached. (They) definitely deserved to win tonight.”
Mojave High School is Rattler Nation, but really it’s home to underdogs.
Minutes from the Nellis Air Force Base the school is nestled near Commerce Street and West Ann Road, an area littered with foreclosed homes.
The school is attended by many students who are underprivileged or at-risk. After Mojave failed to meet No Child Left Behind standards it became one of five Clark County Schools determined to do a 180.
In order to make the turnaround a reality, Mojave has implemented new faculty, extended the school day by 20 minutes and is geared towards boosting school spirit.
“The problem we have right now is that our children aren’t proud of their own school,” Mojave principal Antonio Rael explained an August interview. “When our children begin to take pride in our school, our community will follow.”
- Year built:
- Rattle Snake
- Principal (Year Hired):
- Antonio Rael (2001)
- School motto:
- “Promoting Achievement, Creating Success”
- Mission Statement:
- “The Mission of the Mojave High School Community is to provide a safe learning environment that will empower students to develop excellence, pride, respect, and skills necessary for future success.”
- Approximately 2,000
- School Report Card:
Compiled by Gregan Wingert