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April 24, 2014

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Moapa Valley cruises past another opponent in lopsided victory

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Las Vegas Sun sports reporters Case Keefer and Ray Brewer go across the valley and break down the upcoming week of high school. They give their picks on every game and spend extra time debating Del Sol vs. Liberty and Servite (Calif.) vs. Bishop Gorman.

Moapa Valley excelled in one final tune-up before hitting the meat of its schedule Saturday night.

Behind five combined touchdowns from running backs Conner Mortensen and Sean McConnell, Moapa Valley demolished visiting Faith Lutheran 59-26. It was the Pirates' fourth consecutive win.

“We came out pretty strong, which was a good thing because we have been coming out slow early,” Moapa Valley coach Brent Lewis said. “We’ve been spotting teams a couple of touchdowns and coming back, but we jumped out early tonight.”

The Pirates led 47-13 at halftime before the Crusaders outscored them in the second half. Mortensen carried the ball 15 times for 118 yards, while McConnell had five carries for 162.

Quarterback Dakota Watters threw for 152 yards on 10-for-13 passing. It was a good way for Moapa Valley to enter a stretch over the next three weeks that Lewis says “will really show where we are."

Moapa Valley plays rival Virgin Valley in two weeks and contests against tough 4A opponents Legacy and Silverado bookend that meeting.

“The kids are really excited about playing good 4A opponents,” Lewis said. “I like the way the kids have acted about facing big challenges.”

Case Keefer can be reached at 948-2790 or [email protected]. Follow Case on Twitter at twitter.com/casekeefer.

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