Sam Morris / Las Vegas Sun
Friday, Oct. 12, 2012 | 10:45 p.m.
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Las Vegas Sun sports reporters Ray Brewer and Case Keefer compare the run Moapa Valley is on in the Division 1-A to the one Bishop Gorman has put together this season in the upper decision. Other familiar arguments arise, including a debate on whether Arbor View should be considered as the second-best team in the state. Give us your thoughts in the comments.
The Rattlers improved to 5-3 and 3-1 in the Division 1A Sunset Conference. It is just the second trip to the postseason for the Mojave, which opened in 1996.
Mojave coach Joe Delgado was excited to clinch the spot in the tournament, but added that his team will need to make improvements if it wants to make a deep run.
“I’m proud of the boys,” he said. “There is no room for the mistakes in the postseason.”
Against Clark (1-7 overall, 1-3 conference), the Rattlers were effective through the air and on the ground.
Ty Flanagan rushed for 117 yards on 11 carries with three touchdowns, while Tyreek Clark caught two passes — both touchdowns — for 143 yards.
Billy Murphy and Anthony Shelton anchored the defensive effort, both tallying 11 tackles. Shelton added a sack, while Murphy had an interception.
Mojave wraps up the regular season with a game against Pahrump Valley next week, while Clark visits Cheyenne.
Mojave High School is Rattler Nation, but really it’s home to underdogs.
Minutes from the Nellis Air Force Base the school is nestled near Commerce Street and West Ann Road, an area littered with foreclosed homes.
The school is attended by many students who are underprivileged or at-risk. After Mojave failed to meet No Child Left Behind standards it became one of five Clark County Schools determined to do a 180.
In order to make the turnaround a reality, Mojave has implemented new faculty, extended the school day by 20 minutes and is geared towards boosting school spirit.
“The problem we have right now is that our children aren’t proud of their own school,” Mojave principal Antonio Rael explained an August interview. “When our children begin to take pride in our school, our community will follow.”
- Year built:
- Rattle Snake
- Principal (Year Hired):
- Antonio Rael (2001)
- School motto:
- “Promoting Achievement, Creating Success”
- Mission Statement:
- “The Mission of the Mojave High School Community is to provide a safe learning environment that will empower students to develop excellence, pride, respect, and skills necessary for future success.”
- Approximately 2,000
- School Report Card:
Compiled by Gregan Wingert