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Moapa Valley falls to Utah school in opener

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Las Vegas Sun reporters Case Keefer and Ray Brewer discuss the upcoming high school football season. They will let you know whether or not anyone can dethrone defending state champion Bishop Gorman, release their state title sleepers teams and give a quick breakdown of the area's 30-plus schools.

If it wasn’t the first game of the year, Moapa Valley coach Brent Lewis might be a little more concerned.

The Pirates fell 21-0 to Desert Hills (Utah) Friday night in a game full of errors. Although the two teams were practically even in total yards, Moapa Valley committed six costly turnovers.

“We were probably two evenly-matched teams, but they didn’t make any mistakes,” Lewis said. “We made all the mistakes.”

Desert Hills struck first in the opening quarter of the game with a long, 51-yard touchdown pass. Moapa Valley responded with a long drive that entered the red zone but couldn’t capitalize.

It was a sign of things to come. The wind picked up in the second half and affected quarterback Kelan Weiss, who threw four interceptions.

“Defensively, we were in position to make some plays,” Lewis said. “But we just didn’t tackle very well. It wasn’t until we got one-dimensional and started throwing every play that we turned it over so much.”

Led by running back Zach Waite, the Pirates managed to gain more than 100 yards on the ground. But drives stalled every time they got near the end zone.

The good news, Lewis said, is Moapa Valley plays games against Utah teams like Desert Hills and next week’s opponent Hurricane to improve for the in-state part of its schedule. The Pirates will take lessons from Friday’s night loss and move forward.

“The key is, we can’t make as many mistakes,” Lewis said.

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