Friday, Oct. 29, 2010 | 12:07 a.m.
The Shadow Ridge football team inched one step closer to the playoffs Thursday night.
The Mustangs won their third straight game, topping visiting Mojave 42-6.
After dropping their initial four games to open Northwest Division play, the Mustangs are back in the playoff hunt. They can reach the playoffs by beating Faith Lutheran next week in the regular season finale and getting a little help from Cheyenne — which has to beat Legacy.
“The offense has been clicking a lot better,” Shadow Ridge coach Gabe Gledhill said. “We’ve finally been able to get some offensive production.”
Quarterback Nick McDearmon rushed and passed for a pair of touchdowns in the win, and the Mustangs also scored twice defensively. Gil Colon returned a fumble for a touchdown and James Grisby had an interception return for a score.
Mojave High School is Rattler Nation, but really it’s home to underdogs.
Minutes from the Nellis Air Force Base the school is nestled near Commerce Street and West Ann Road, an area littered with foreclosed homes.
The school is attended by many students who are underprivileged or at-risk. After Mojave failed to meet No Child Left Behind standards it became one of five Clark County Schools determined to do a 180.
In order to make the turnaround a reality, Mojave has implemented new faculty, extended the school day by 20 minutes and is geared towards boosting school spirit.
“The problem we have right now is that our children aren’t proud of their own school,” Mojave principal Antonio Rael explained an August interview. “When our children begin to take pride in our school, our community will follow.”
- Year built:
- Rattle Snake
- Principal (Year Hired):
- Antonio Rael (2001)
- School motto:
- “Promoting Achievement, Creating Success”
- Mission Statement:
- “The Mission of the Mojave High School Community is to provide a safe learning environment that will empower students to develop excellence, pride, respect, and skills necessary for future success.”
- Approximately 2,000
- School Report Card:
Compiled by Gregan Wingert