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Mojave defense rises to the occasion again in win at Spring Valley

high school football media day 2015

Christopher DeVargas

Mojave football players Tariq Banks, Daijon Payno, and Kyle Reynolds before the 2015 Season.

Mojave got back to its stingy defensive ways, picking up an all-important victory for playoff positioning in the Division 1-A Sunset.

Spring Valley became the fourth victim in six games to be held to less than double-digit points against Mojave, which was victorious 15-7 on the road.

“They tried to throw the ball on us, but our (defensive backs) were pretty much shut down the entire game,” Mojave coach Joe Delgado said. “I believe we held them to almost negative yardage tonight, and we cannot ask for much more than that.”

Senior defensive end Alex Carvalho guided the effort, recording a safety and two sacks. He teamed with senior cornerback Jaylon Delgado and junior cornerback Kevin Johnson to bat numerous passes down throughout the game.

Senior linebacker Kaleb Friedman led the team in tackles. On offense, senior running back Elijah Smoot paced the Rattlers with 82 rushing yards and a touchdown.

Backup junior quarterback Taiwan Braden was pressed into action and responded admirably with 123 yards and a touchdown on 5-for-12 passing. The touchdown pass went for 62 yards to senior receiver Jesse James.

“It was a great victory for us,” Joe Delgado said. “We started strong and it helped our confidence level throughout the game.”

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