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Sunrise Mountain continues to impress at Boulder City

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

Sunrise Mountain found itself in an unfamiliar position Friday night when Miners made the trip to Boulder City to face the 1-4 Eagles.

“It was the first time we have felt like the favorite going into a game,” coach Chris Sawyers said. “We are really just learning how to handle winning here.”

After winning only two games in the school’s first six years, the Miners moved to an impressive 4-2 this season with a dominant 34-10 win over Boulder City.

Junior running back Claude Moore led the way for the Miners with 158 rushing yards and two touchdowns. Sunrise Mountain led 14-3 at the half before pouring it on the in the second.

Quarterback Stephen Wright completed 8-of-13 passes for 167 yards and three touchdowns.

Freshman receiver Xavier Kyles was Wright’s favorite target, racking up 114 yards and two receiving touchdowns.

He wasn’t the only underclassman to have a big night. Sophomore Te’andre Love caught two passes for 45 yards, and found the end zone on both.

“It’s not surprising to us,” Sawyers said. “Our kids expected this to happen the way we worked in the offseason. It’s been a long time coming. This school has had talent and for whatever reason just couldn’t put it together. Now these kids can finally be proud of their program.”

The win brings Sunrise Mountain to 2-2 in league play, behind only Desert Pines, Moapa Valley and Chaparral in the Sunrise League.

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