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April 17, 2014

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Moapa Valley holds off Clark to win 36-33

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Moapa Valley coach Brent Lewis said running back Zach Waite had played at less than 100 percent with an injury the last few weeks.

By Friday night, Waite was back in top form. Waite rushed for 99 yards and a touchdown to lead Moapa Valley (3-3) to a 36-33 victory against Clark (2-4).

“We’re definitely happy to get the win, but we feel like we’re better defensively than this,” Lewis said. “We had some serious defensive breakdowns.”

Defensive lapses are nothing new for teams up against Clark running back Chris Jackson, who had his third straight 100-yard game on the ground.

But Moapa Valley’s offense was consistently able to answer Clark’s surges. Moapa Valley went up 15-0 to open the game before Clark battled back.

The Pirates also led by two touchdowns in the fourth quarter, before Clark rallied to make things interesting at the end.

“They were scrappy and came back off of a couple of turnovers,” Lewis said. “But we were able to hold on.”

Despite an interception, Moapa Valley quarterback Kelan Weiss led his team up and down the field with more than 200 yards through the air.

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