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Moapa Valley notches victory against Utah school

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Las Vegas Sun reporters Case Keefer and Ray Brewer break down high school football's tough Southeast Division. Five of the league's seven teams are part of the Sun's top-10 rankings.

After being outscored 63-7 in its initial two games of the season, Moapa Valley football coach Brent Lewis had a simple message for his team: Don’t panic.

The defeats came against quality opponents from Utah in early-season games designed to help a relatively young Moapa Valley squad gain experience.

“We’ve been preaching to the kids that even though those early games were tough, they were good for us. They really showed us our weaknesses,” Lewis said.

The Pirates corrected some of those flaws Friday, receiving three touchdowns from senior quarterback Kelan Weiss in a 48-7 victory against host Kanab High of Utah.

“We blocked and executed a lot better,” Lewis said. “We mix it up and stayed pretty balanced. We just got after them.”

Moapa Valley (1-2) scored on its first possession of the game when receiver Hayden Cooper connected with Casen Lewis for a 47-yard scoring strike on a trick play. Moapa Valley never trailed and led 27-7 at halftime.

Weiss, whose touchdown pass in the first quarter last week accounted for Moapa Valley’s lone points of the season, completed 12 of 17 passes for 227 yards and one touchdown. He rushed for two more scores.

Running back Riley Solomon added 60 yards rushing and one touchdown on 13 carries.

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