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Friday, Nov. 7, 2014 | 11:59 p.m.
Las Vegas Sun sports reporters Ray Brewer and Case Keefer transition into playoff mode and go over all of Friday's matchups.
A playoff game is a good time for a quarterback to go 15-for-19 passing.
Then again, Moapa Valley senior Zach Hymas has been putting up near-perfect numbers all season.
The latest — 15 for 19 for 185 yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions — came in a 46-26 home win over Sierra Vista in a Division I-A Southern Region victory in Overton on Friday night.
“He was sharp tonight,” Moapa Valley coach Brent Lewis said of Hymas. “They got up and challenged our receivers. It was good to see Zach, I thought he played as well as he could in the first half. Second half, we were on defense a lot.”
The Pirates (11-0) clinched a spot in the Division I-A state semifinals, where they will host Elko next week.
“We’re going to face an opponent we haven’t seen for quite a few years,” Lewis said.
Hymas threw a 20-yard touchdown pass to R.J. Hubert, a 15-yard TD strike to Cole Mulcock and a 10-yard TD to Hubert.
Mulcock caught five passes for 75 yards, and Hubert had four receptions for 68 yards.
Moapa Valley also got 49 yards and two touchdowns on 14 carries from Kaleb Bodily, and Sterling Simmons (one TD) and Mulcock each added 25 yards on two carries.
Maliek Broady led Sierra Vista (7-4) with 142 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries, and Daniel Godfrey added 83 yards and two touchdowns on 12 carries.
“We were concerned about their offense and their running backs and their ability to break big plays,” Lewis said. “They’re a big-play team. Really, we were able to get some early stops, and that kind of set the tone.”
Moapa Valley’s special teams also looked sharp, blocking a punt in the second half.
“I’m sure proud of my team,” Lewis said. “Not sure a lot of even our own fans thought we were going to be this good. The kids have steadily gotten better week by week. These kids are doing an excellent job of bonding and doing what we ask them to do.”