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Sunrise Mountain already has best season ever with win over Pahrump Valley

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

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.

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