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Sunrise Mountain continues winning ways against Rancho

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

Another week goes by and another record comes crashing down at Sunrise Mountain.

The Miners extended the record number of wins in school history, as they improved to 5-2 on the year with a 34-27 win over Rancho Friday night.

Linebacker Dalwin Spates frustrated the Rams offense all night, racking up 15 tackles, four tackles for a loss and three sacks.

“He had 14 tackles two weeks ago and 15 last week, so to follow it up with a game like this is impressive,” Sunrise Mountain coach Chris Sawyers said. “He has just been tearing it up.”

Only a sophomore, Spates has led a Miners defense that is drastically improved from a year ago. In 2014, Sunrise Mountain allowed a whopping 48.5 points per game, and has cut that number in half to 24.1 points per game this season.

“As far as our defense goes, it revolves around him,” Sawyers said. “He is the real deal. He is a special talent. A lot people are going to have him on their radar soon, so he won’t be a secret for long.”

On offense, the Miners got a big game from quarterback Stevie Wright.

The junior signal caller threw for 117 yards and two scores, and ran for 96 yards and two more touchdowns on the ground.

“What he does with his legs makes our offense so dynamic,” Sawyers said. “He has grown up so much from last year, it is amazing. He is a consummate leader and keeps us steady when we get too high or too low.”

Keeping his team from getting too high may become increasingly more difficult for Wright, as the Miners have a chance to clinch their first-ever playoff berth next week when they host struggling Del Sol.

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