Friday, Oct. 7, 2011 | 1:23 a.m.
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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.
It was the first road win in the 4A classification for the Crusaders, who transitioned from the 3A in 2009. It was also Faith Lutheran’s first win since Week 1.
“Any time you can get a win in the Northwest, you take it,” Faith Lutheran coach Jake Kothe said.
The game was scoreless at halftime before Mojave took a 3-0 lead on a field goal. But DeGeorge, who completed 19 of 36 passes for 177 yards, connected with Trent Dolby for a short touchdown to put Faith ahead, 7-3.
After Mojave retook the lead at 9-7, Faith Lutheran recovered a fumble inside the Mojave 20-yard line late in the game. DeGeorge did the rest in passing for the game-winning score.
Farmer led the Crusaders with six catches for 72 yards, while Chris Mays had four receptions for 45 yards and 11 rushes for 38 yards.
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