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Moapa Valley back on winning track after routing Chaparral

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Moapa Valley running back Sean McConnell gets past the Show Low defense during their game at the Sollenberger Classic Saturday, August 20, 2011 at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. Moapa upset the Arizona Class 4A state champions 28-26.

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Las Vegas Sun sports reporters Case Keefer and Ray Brewer recap the action from the first week of high school football and look ahead to another slate of games. Popular topics include this week's Arbor View vs. Palo Verde showdown and last week's stunning upset by Bonanza over Silverado.

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Moapa Valley traveled nearly a combined 1,000 miles to play in its first two games of the season.

Therefore, it had to feel nice to be in the comfort of its home stadium Friday night. The final score indicated as much, as Moapa Valley improved to 2-1 with a 54-6 win over Chaparral.

“We’ve been having a hard time staying focused in practice and tonight I thought we came out and played with a lot of focus,” Moapa Valley coach Brent Lewis said. “We needed to execute a lot better on defense and we did that.”

The Pirates shut out the Cowboys until late in the second half. On offense, they relied on their run game to move the ball consistently.

Five running backs ran for at least 34 yards. Dakota Gordon led the group in yards with 67, but it was Sean McConnell who found the end zone four times.

Conner Mortensen had two touchdowns with 57 yards.

“We just jumped on them and kept the pressure on them from right off of the bat,” Lewis said. “We scored on every possession except for the very last one."

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

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