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Sunrise Mountain wins first game in four-year school history

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Sunrise Mountain football players Chris Moore and Jesus Pena Thursday, July 26, 2012.

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The players on the Sunrise Mountain High football team will cherish this victory forever. That’s especially true for a group of eight seniors who have been in the program the past four years.

The Miners picked up their first varsity win in school history Friday, using 144 yards rushing and two touchdown from Romello Tatum and two passing and rushing touchdowns from Chris Moore in blanking Western, 48-0.

Sunrise Mountain has always struggled with numbers since opening four years ago, only winning two junior varsity games and often losing by lopsided finals.

Friday, they returned the favor.

Following the game, coach Ky Edwards received a Gatorade bath in celebration, the team posed for a photo to document the night and Principal John Barlow was presented the game ball.

“These kids aren’t used to having a lot of success at anything,” Edwards said. “So, this is big for them to get that feeling and have this night. It’s their night. The seniors who have been here four years never quit through all the adversity.”

Moore, who rushed for 88 yards and a touchdown, had touchdown passes to Jordan Callaway and Daqwuan Doyle. Sherman Nash added a touchdown run for the Miners.

While the victory was nice, Edwards still found several of areas on which his team can improve. After all, the plan is to duplicate this night a few more times this season and beyond.

“We didn’t play as good as we could,” the coach said. “Once we knew we could win, it got a little sloppy.”

The Gatorade bath, a common practice on football sidelines when a coach is drenched following a big win, was a little sloppy, too.

“It was pretty sticky but worth it,” Edwards said.

Ray Brewer can be reached at 990-2662 or [email protected]. Follow Ray on Twitter at twitter.com/raybrewer21.

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