Friday, Oct. 19, 2012 | 11:24 p.m.
Las Vegas Sun sports reporters Ray Brewer and Case Keefer touch on every high school football team in the valley and more on this week's episode. The topics, rants and disagreements are at an all-time high, so brace your ears and get ready to take sides.
For the first time in school history, Mojave will host a home playoff game.
The Rattlers put the finishing touches on a memorable regular season Friday, blowing out Pahrump Valley 47-6. Mojave will play Desert Pines, a team it beat 29-18 in the second week of the season, in the first round of the Division 1A postseason next week.
“We do not want to go one-and-done,” Mojave coach Joe Delgado said, “so we expect a lot more hard work this upcoming week.”
The Rattlers can enter the week of preparation with extra confidence after the latest beatdown they administered. Sophomore quarterback Zack Arave led the way with 234 total yards and two touchdowns, one passing and one rushing.
Ty Flanagan, Billy Murphy, Marcus Hines, Deandre Armstrong and Marcus Parker each also scored for Mojave. Junior Lorenzo Guerrero may have put together the best game, though.
Guerrero blocked a punt, recovered a fumble and notched three sacks.
“We started the game off slow, but came out in the second half knowing that we had to put in the work with the playoffs next week and we did just that,” Delgado said.
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