Friday, Sept. 24, 2010 | 11:43 p.m.
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The Bishop Gorman High football team will be in the national spotlight Saturday when they travel to Northern California to face nationally respected De La Salle. The game will be televised by CBS College Sports, giving the Gaels a chance to make a splash — for themselves and the Las Vegas area.
For Virgin Valley, it’s always a special feeling to come into Las Vegas to face off with a 4A school and leave with a victory.
It happened for the first time this season Friday night when the Bulldogs traveled to Mojave and easily disposed of the Rattlers, 33-0.
“It’s great to be able to play a school three times the size of ours and compete the way we did,” Virgin Valley coach Kirk Hafen said.
Senior Kyler Hughes led the way for Virgin Valley on both sides of the ball. Hafen said Hughes scored a touchdown and had an interception.
Hughes effectively contributed to the problem that was the Mojave quarterback situation. The Rattlers played three different quarterbacks hoping to move the ball against the Bulldogs. They all failed.
The 3A Virgin Valley (4-1) continued its impressive start to the season, while Mojave (0-3) is still looking for its first win.
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