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Sunrise Mountain pummels Western 54-6 in season opener

High School Football Media Day 2015 Steve Marcus

Steve Marcus

Sunrise Mountain Miners pose during the Las Vegas Sun’s High School Football media day (make up) Monday, July 27, 2015. From left, front row: Dalwin Spates (8), Rayshawn Johnson (3) and Claude Moore III. Back row: Ja’twion Farmer (16), Stephen Wright Jr. (6), Travis Carpenter (13) and Solomon King (14). STEVE MARCUS

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Sunrise Mountain earned its fourth win in school history Friday night at Western, and did so in impressive fashion.

The Miners (1-0) steamrolled the Warriors (0-1) 54-6 behind four total touchdowns by quarterback Stephen Wright Jr.

Wright Jr. threw for three scores and ran another one in for Sunrise Mountain, as it improved to 3-0 against Western High since 2012.

The 48-point margin of victory matches the Miners' biggest in school history. They beat the Warriors 48-0 in 2012.

Junior running back Claude Moore pitched in 150 yards rushing for Sunrise Mountain, as well as a rushing touchdown of his own, and wide receiver Daltyn Pytrysson caught a touchdown for the Miners.

But it was Sunrise Mountain's defense that stole the show on Friday.

Defensive lineman Ja’twion Farmer wreaked havoc in the Warriors' backfield all night and finished with four tackles for loss.

“He had a great night for us,” Sunrise Mountain coach Chris Sawyers said. “He was a man among boys out there.”

Junior linebacker Solomon King also had a big night for the Miners with two sacks and a tackle for loss.

Sunrise Mountain led 26-6 at halftime and outscored Western 28-0 in the second half.

It’s a big win for the Miners, as they travel to Pahrump Valley (1-0) and Chaparral (0-1) for their next two contests, which are sure to be bigger tests.

“Obviously winning is fun,” Sawyers said, “but we expected to start the season out strong. The kids are finally learning the game so we can go out there and be competitive every week.”

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