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Moapa Valley downs Lowry to reach 3A state championship game


Steve Marcus

Moapa Valley cheerleaders, including Jessie Vallet, center, entertain the fans before a game between Virgin Valley High School and Moapa Valley High School in Overton Friday, Oct. 14, 2011. The Moapa Pirates shut out the Bulldogs 18-0.

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Moapa Valley is headed to the 3A state championship game once again.

The Pirates clinched their spot by beating visiting Lowry, 19-6, on Saturday. Moapa Valley will meet familiar foe Truckee in the title game next weekend.

Truckee has beaten Moapa Valley each of the last two years for the championship, while the Pirates took home the trophy three years ago.

Moapa Valley bounced back from a less than a stellar performance a week ago against Lowry. Junior running back Conner Mortensen led the team with possibly his best performance of the year.

Mortensen scored rushing touchdowns of 60 and 65 yards. Moapa Valley’s other score came when quarterback Lance Hilton connected with Jake Rebman for a seven-yard touchdown.

Moapa Valley never trailed in the game. Although Lowry scored its touchdown late in the third quarter to make it a one-score game, Mortensen answered swiftly and the defense held in the fourth to ensure Moapa Valley pulled away.

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  1. Congratulations Moapa Valley. Since Truckee had already beaten Lowry this season, I know they are looking forward to seeing Moapa Valley in the title game.
    Moapa Valley runs a great program, and I believe there is a tremendous amount of respect for each other's program.
    Looking forward to a great game on Saturday night.

  2. Having attended the Moapa Lowry game, I anticipated a much better team in Lowry. I was a little worried that Billingsly would be much more of a force having 19 carried for under a 100 yards. Either he didn't play very good or Moapa's run defense is far more better than anything up North.

    Also got a chance to watch some Truckee vs Lowry film, while they are always well coached and fundamentally sound, they didn't look a lot better than Lowry. They looked small on the offensive line as did their middle linbackers.

    Truckee is more of a rivalry for Moapa than Virgin Valley is, excited to witness another clash this weekend.

    There is over 20 years worth of history between these two schools. GO PIRATES!!!

  3. Pound for pound, the most fierce mammal in North America is the Wolverine...
    Yes, Moapa Valley was bigger than Truckee on the lines...