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Moapa Valley stymies Cheyenne, sails to ‘ugly win’

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Moapa Valley running back Hayden Redd (42) runs the ball during a game against Cheyenne at Moapa Valley High School, Friday, Sep. 14, 2018.

Moapa Valley Defeats Cheyenne, 21-6

Moapa Valley quarter back Luke Bennett (5) throws the ball under pressure from Cheyenne player Ryan Buchanan (24) during a game at Moapa Valley High School, Friday, Sep. 14, 2018. Launch slideshow »

Moapa Valley cracked Cheyenne’s undefeated record in a 21-6 victory in Overton between two class 3A state championship contenders.

The Desert Shields scored on their opening drive, but barely moved the ball for the rest of the night as the Pirates outgained them by more than 150 total yards.

“Defensively, we were solid,” Moapa Valley coach Brent Lewis said. “Offensively, we looked good at times but then it seemed like we had a key penalty or key mistakes on a bunch of different drives. It was kind of a shot-in-the-foot type of night for us.”

Senior running back Braeden St. John scored all three of Moapa Valley’s touchdowns, totaling 73 yards on 14 carries, but was often put in position by junior backfield mate Hayden Redd.

Redd proved invaluable on both sides of the ball, gaining 139 yards on 10 carries offensively while registering three sacks on defense.

“He was an animal tonight,” Lewis said of Redd.

Joining Redd as a defensive standout was James Lake, who notched two sacks of his own. Moapa Valley forced Cheyenne to punt seven times, and went on a handful of ensuing long drives but too many of them stalled for Lewis’ liking.

“I would describe this game as an ugly win,” he said. “…We did everything right except finish the drives.”

Case Keefer can be reached at 702-948-2790 or [email protected]. Follow Case on Twitter at twitter.com/casekeefer.