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Moapa Valley deals Del Sol its first loss of the season

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Moapa Valley’s Kasen Hughes, left, and Lane Stringham celebrate a touchdown against Show Low 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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In case anyone wasn’t convinced of Moapa Valley’s place among the top teams in Southern Nevada this season, the Pirates proved it again Friday night.

Moapa Valley took down perennial Henderson power Del Sol, 49-40.

“It was a good win for us,” Moapa Valley coach Brent Lewis said. “We dominated the line of scrimmage. We were in control of the whole game, other than our boneheaded mistakes to start.”

Moapa Valley fumbled on its opening two possessions to give Del Sol the ball on a short field. The Dragons got points out of both miscues to go up 10-0.

But Moapa Valley settled down and proceeded to pull away from Del Sol by the third quarter behind 198 rushing yards and two touchdowns from Conner Mortensen.

“Our running game was so solid,” Lewis said. “They had to pack the box to try to stop it, so we popped a couple long passes on them.”

Dakota Watters completed six of 10 passes for 153 yards and two touchdowns.

The Pirates were ahead 49-27 with three minutes left in the game when Lewis substituted in his second team, which gave up two late touchdowns.

Del Sol running back Chris Marshall scored on three long touchdown runs.

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