Friday, Oct. 16, 2015 | 11:52 p.m.
Moapa Valley moved into first place in the Division 1-A Sunrise Region this week without ever playing a game because of Desert Pines’ forfeiture of two wins for using an ineligible player.
The Pirates didn’t let that distract them Friday as they took to the road to throttle Boulder City 63-14 behind 104 rushing yards and three touchdowns from senior running back Sterling Simmons.
“He’s the guy we’ve been anticipating to emerge as our threat in the backfield,” Moapa Valley coach Brent Lewis said. “He’s gotten better every single week, and it will be interesting to see what happens in a close game where we feed him in 15 or 16 times. Maybe that will be next week.”
Because of the Desert Pines news, Moapa Valley’s home game against Chaparral next week is for the league title. The Cowboys can’t allow the Pirates to be as efficient as they were Friday if they want a chance at an improbable division crown.
Moapa Valley quarterback Nate Cox went 9-for-9 against Boulder City, totaling 168 passing yards. He threw touchdown passes to R.J. Hubert and Derek Cope.
Hubert also had a rushing score. Trystin Deal, Wesley Wright and Jacob Leavitt joined Simmons and Hubert in the box score with rushing touchdowns.
“We’re getting a chance to play for the No. 1 seed,” Lewis said. “Obviously, it’s not necessarily the best scenario because now we might see Desert Pines in the second round. But we’re going to have to beat them at some point anyway, and we like playing on our home field. Now we’ve got the chance to beat them on our home field.”