Sam Morris / Las Vegas Sun
Friday, Sept. 21, 2012 | 11:05 p.m.
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.
Moapa Valley’s tally in games against Nevada opponents is now a preposterous 278-32, making it 4-1 overall with a season-opening loss to Arizona’s Blue Ridge. That recent success is why coach Brent Lewis didn’t see anything spectacular in Friday night’s victory.
“It was pretty workmanlike tonight,” Lewis said.
Moapa Valley piled up 427 rushing yards yet it didn’t need many carries. Senior running back Sean McConnell touched the ball three times — two carries and one catch — and piled up 153 yards of total offense, including two touchdowns. Junior Justin Hughes had three touches for 93 yards and two rushing scores, and Conner Mortensen actually looked average in comparison by tallying 112 yards and two scores on nine carries.
With the last four games getting so out of hand, Lewis has tried to focus keeping things tight for when the competition stiffens.
“We want to make sure that we’re executing on both sides of the football,” Lewis said. “Since we’ve had four of these blowouts early, it’s given the second- and third-team kids a chance to show the coaches that they can give us minutes. It’s really made us a lot deeper.”