Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017 | 11:26 p.m.
Starting a slew of underclassmen along the offensive line, Moapa Valley coach Brent Lewis knew it would take a while for his running game to produce consistently this season.
The Pirates might finally be getting there after six games, as they used a smothering ground assault to suffocate visiting Las Vegas High 40-14 on Thursday night.
“Our running game has been getting much better each week, but we’ve just been fumbling too much,” Moapa Valley coach Brent Lewis said. “It was good to see us get it right tonight.”
Sophomore running back Hayden Redd paced the Pirates with 136 yards and three touchdowns, including on their first drive of the game. The early lead lasted only seconds, however, when the Wildcats returned the ensuing kickoff for a touchdown to go up 7-6.
Moapa Valley was able to score the game’s next 21 points behind Redd and senior running back Logan Jackson, who had 12 carries for 159 yards and two touchdowns. Las Vegas senior running back Elijah Hicks broke loose for a 56-yard touchdown run in the third quarter, but it was too late to stoke any real comeback.
“We mixed in a few play actions here and there but mostly went with our ground game,” Lewis said. “We dominated on the offensive and defensive line both.”