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December 18, 2014

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Pahrump Valley snaps 30-game losing streak with win against Western

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Pahrump Valley High School football players Brandon Corbitt, Jonathan Mitchell and Brandon Murphy.

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The Pahrump Valley football team had endured too many disappointing bus rides home after losses around Las Vegas over the last four years.

The Trojans had a whole new feeling accompanying the trek Friday night. Pahrump Valley snapped a 30-game losing streak, beating Western 13-7 in the second game of the season.

“These seniors haven’t seen a win on the varsity level,” Pahrump Valley coach Andy Schneider said over jubilant background noise on the bus home. “They’ve put in so much time and effort that it’s great to see. It’s been a long and hard battle.”

Pahrump Valley had to feel resigned to its fate once again versus Western before catching a break in the final seconds of the game. With less than a minute to go and Pahrump trailing 7-6, Western lined up to punt.

The snap was errant, however, and Pahrump recovered the ball inside of Western’s five-yard line. Quarterback A.J. Segura punched in a two-yard, game-winning touchdown shortly afterward with 18 seconds remaining.

“We had some opportunities in the first half but kind of shot ourselves in the foot,” Schneider said. “They controlled it after that, but we pressured them pretty good defensively.”

Pahrump’s other touchdown also came in the fourth quarter. Schneider didn’t believe the Trojans played particularly well, but that was beside the point.

A win meant a long overdue celebration.

“It was just exciting to win a game. That was the biggest thing for us,” Schneider said. “It was a team effort. They all played hard.”

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

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