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December 16, 2017

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Moapa Valley tops Chaparral for sixth straight win


Sam Morris / Las Vegas Sun

Moapa Valley football players, from left, Conner Mortensen, Matthew McDermand and Sean McConnell, July 26, 2012.

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Upset over the outlandish scores posted around the valley last week, Las Vegas Sun sports reporter Ray Brewer loses his sanity on this week's podcast. Co-host Case Keefer tries to stay out of the way during his rant on defense, but has plenty to add on other topics — including impressive games from Arbor View and Bishop Gorman, "the hut drill" and the two highly-anticipated games in Henderson on Friday.

Moapa Valley High’s Sean McConnell and Conner Mortensen have been nearly impossible for opposing defenses to stop all season.

Friday night was no exception against the visiting Chaparral football team.

McConnell carried the ball seven times for 157 yards and two touchdowns, and Mortensen had 197 yards and three touchdowns on 13 carries in a 52-12 victory for the Pirates' sixth straight win by more than 30 points.

“McConnell and Mortensen were just beasts tonight,” Moapa Valley coach Brent Lewis said. “It seemed like (Chaparral) couldn’t tackle them.”

The Moapa Valley defense had another stellar performance in forcing Chaparral out of its power rushing attack, Lewis said. The Pirates have surrendered a combined 31 points the past three weeks.

“It was a stellar effort,” Lewis said of the defense. “I have never seen a team get completely out of what they do so well.”

Next week, Moapa Valley travels to Boulder City to face an undefeated Eagles squad in a crucial league game.

“It’s all about matching their physicality,” Lewis said. “It will be the biggest game of the year for us. The kids are looking forward to it.”

Ray Brewer can be reached at 990-2662 or [email protected]. Follow Ray on Twitter at

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