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Legacy beats Moapa Valley in thriller

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Las Vegas Sun sports reporters Ray Brewer and Case Keefer take a look around the Las Vegas high school football scene. They give their picks for the upcoming week and discuss the merits of eating orange wedges on long gameday road trips.

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Legacy was able to hold off a pesky effort from Moapa Valley en route to a 33-30 victory Thursday night.

The Longhorns led by 10 in the fourth quarter before the Pirates cut the margin to a field goal. Moapa Valley couldn’t capitalize any further, and Legacy escaped to snap a two-game losing streak.

Senior running back D’Andre Hughes rushed for at least 100 yards and inched close to the 1,000-yard mark for the season.

“He’s been our guy all season,” Legacy coach Dave Snyder said. “He’s our leading rusher, and he’s been big in our three wins.”

Hughes shared the spotlight with fellow senior Jordan Ireland against Moapa Valley. Ireland took the first play from scrimmage 89 yards for a touchdown.

It gave Legacy a 7-0 lead, but it didn’t hold for very long. Moapa Valley scored shortly after to go up 8-7.

But every time Moapa Valley roared back, Legacy had an answer. Snyder couldn’t have asked for a much better effort against one of the area’s top teams.

“They had some pretty good drives,” Snyder said of Moapa Valley. “They executed well. They are a very good team offensively.”

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  1. Legacy was a pretty decent team. There were a lot of ifs and buts for Moapa, like if they didn't give up those couple long runs then Moapa wins. Legacy couldn't sustain a drive at all, pass game was terrible.

    Also, I hope the wannabe announcer from Legacy reads this and finds out that he is terrible and has no class. He thought he was the lead call and the color man for radio... Hello dude, be a little more professional about your announcing the game over the PA. I would have been embarrassed to be your kid.

    On that note look out Virgin next week. A bunch of "dawgs" came and watched us thump on Faith last week and I know the little hairs on the back of their necks were sticking straight up.

  2. Sportsarefun, I'd have to respectfully disagree with you. The #3 Hughes did not do anything that impressive, yes he did have a couple long runs, but that doesn't mean you're the real deal. What I saw, he didn't break tackles or make plays in space. Moapa's Mortensen is tough to tackle, kid will run through almost anyone! But I'll give Legacy credit, when you run off tackle and Moapas linebackers don't fill you should take it the distance.

    That said I will agree with you about Moapa vs Virgin being the best rivalry in the state having played in it. Virgin will have to match Moapa's physicality and being ready.

    By the way, anyone see the Legacy player #22 get hit so hard late in the game he took his helmet off and didn't have any idea where he was, how do I know this, because he staggered over to the Moapa sideline and had no idea where he was. All he knew was he wanted off the field.