Sam Morris / Las Vegas Sun
Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014 | 9:07 p.m.
Las Vegas Sun sports reporters Ray Brewer and Case Keefer try to contain their excitement for the start of the football season enough to get through the first slate of games. They also discuss the two defending state champions, Bishop Gorman and Faith Lutheran.
The Mojave High football team scored touchdowns of more than 60 yards today on its initial two plays against Idaho’s Skyview at the Rocky Mountain Rumble at Idaho State.
The offense appeared to be in midseason form, getting four touchdown runs and nearly 300 rushing yards from senior Ty Flanagan in a 48-40 victory to open the season.
Flanagan, who is one of Nevada’s top running backs, was named the player of the game and given a $1,000 scholarship. That will be spending money next year because Flanagan already has a San Diego State football scholarship offer and interest from others. Boise State had coaches evaluating him today.
“The week after the season ended last year, he was in the weight room putting on weight and muscles,” Mojave coach Joe Delgado said.
Skyview scored on its first possession for a 7-0 lead. Mojave quickly answered with a touchdown pass of about 60 yards from Zack Arave to Davion Fletcher. After Skyview scored on its next possession, Flanagan scored on a 65-yard run on Mojave’s first play.
Despite scoring two touchdowns on two plays, Mojave still trailed 14-12 after missing an extra point and a 2-point conversion. Mojave trailed 27-26 at halftime but scored early in the third quarter to take the lead for good.
Arave rushed for a touchdown and passed for two more, connecting with Marcus Parker for one of the touchdowns.
The victory capped a memorable trip for the players. Most won’t get to play in college, so they enjoyed the opportunity to play at Idaho State’s indoor facility.
“It was a huge experience for them,” Delgado said. “They loved it. It was pretty surreal.”