Published Friday, Sept. 4, 2015 | 11:59 p.m.
Updated Saturday, Sept. 5, 2015 | 1:12 a.m.
Two games into the season, Sunrise Mountain has already clinched its best season in school history.
After winning only three games in school history prior to this year — never more than one in a single season — the Miners beat Pahrump Valley 20-14 Friday night for their second straight win of the season.
“It was a big hurdle for our kids,” said Sunrise Mountain coach Chris Sawyers. “They had never beat anybody other than Western and Rancho, so this was a big step for them.”
The Miners trailed Pahrump Valley early after having multiple touchdowns called back for penalties. The Trojans went into the locker room up 7-6.
But a big kickoff return to start the second half led to a touchdown run by sophomore Trayvon Ward, and Sunrise Mountain never looked back.
Junior quarterback Stephen Wright Jr. sealed the game for the Miners with a 64-yard touchdown run.
“It wasn’t as convincing of a win as we would have liked, but a win is a win, and it’s a big step in the right direction,” Sawyers said.
In its early season night of milestones, Sunrise Mountain also handed Pahrump Valley its first home loss since Oct. 24, 2013.