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Moapa Valley capitalizes on Silverado mistakes en route to big win

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Virgin Valley’s Dee Bowler is taken down by Taylor Schwartz during a game between Virgin Valley High School and Moapa Valley High School in Overton on Friday, Oct. 14, 2011. The Moapa Pirates shut out the Bulldogs 18-0.

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The Moapa Valley defense is playing like one of Southern Nevada’s most elite units.

The Pirates notched their second straight shutout Friday night by beating Silverado, 27-0.

“We’re getting way more aggressive on defense,” Moapa Valley coach Brent Lewis said. “We’re looking for opportunities to come around. It’s been slow to get things going, but we’ve come around.”

Moapa Valley forced three turnovers, while not committing any itself. The first one came when defensive lineman Taylor Schwartz intercepted a deflected pass to set up the Pirates first touchdown.

Moapa Valley led 7-0 at the end of the first half. It was more of the same in the final 24 minutes of the game.

In addition to the turnovers, Moapa Valley also found itself with the ball inside Silverado’s 10-yard line twice after Skyhawk mistakes. A Silverado onside kick failed to start the second half and the long snapper also launched the ball over the punter’s head in the third quarter.

Junior running back Conner Mortensen was the beneficiary for much of the good field position as he rushed 16 times for 49 yards and three touchdowns.

“It was an ugly defensive game and we were given some gifts, but we capitalized on them,” Lewis said. “We made the plays when we needed to.”

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