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Boulder City uses physical rushing attack to overpower Chaparral


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Boulder City football players Michael Kelso and D. J. Koopman Thursday, July 26, 2012.

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Boulder City High stuck to its bread and butter, rushing for 427 yards in a 47-27 victory over Chaparral High.

Xavier Steel led the way with 178 yards on 13 carries, while D.J. Koopman ran for 141 more. Billy Viera needed only three carries to get to 70 yards, and he also ran for two touchdowns.

J.D. Owens rushed for two touchdowns as well.

“We’re firing off the ball. We’re going where we want to,” Boulder City coach Alex Kazel said. “We’re moving the ball and controlling the clock. Just the way we like it.”

While the focus is on the running game, the Eagles also got some production through the air.

Michael Kelso caught two balls for 67 yards and score as Boulder City improved to 8-1 and 4-1 in conference.

The Eagles also secured the No. 2 seed in the upcoming state playoffs, where they will play Faith Lutheran in their first outing. Boulder City won the first meeting between the two teams Aug. 31, 41-22.

“We’re playing physical, and getting better week by week,” Kazel said of his team entering the postseason. “We’re correcting mistakes from the week before, and (the team) is looking forward to a chance in the playoffs.”

Chaparral dropped to 4-5 (1-4 conference) with the loss.

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