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Pahrump Valley’s turnaround includes trip to the postseason

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Pahrump Valley football players Cody Keasling and Dustin Dillon Thursday, July 26, 2012.

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The Pahrump Valley High football team is going to the postseason.

The Trojans’ A.J. Segura rushed and passed for a touchdown Friday in a 21-8 victory against Western to clinch a berth from the Sunset Region of the Division I-A in the playoffs as the No. 4 seed.

The program, which last year snapped a near 30-game losing streak, was overmatched in recent seasons in competing in the large-school classification. But after being reclassified to the Division I-A this fall with realignment, and continuing to make strides as a program, they are playoff-bound.

It was also Pahrump’s homecoming game, giving players a night they soon won’t forget.

“For our seniors, it’s been a long four years, so this was especially gratifying for them,” first-year Pahrump coach Joe Clayton said. “It was our homecoming game and the community was real supportive in coming out.”

Segura’s touchdown pass with 10 yards to Dalton Beighley, and his rushing touchdown was from about five yards out. Senior Cody Keasling scored the other touchdown on a short run.

Clayton, who helped bring Pop Warner football to Pahrump and has coached several of the town’s children as youngsters, hopes this season is a springboard for more things to come. Because Western doesn’t field a junior varsity team, several of Pahrump’s underclassmen dressed for the game.

“They are getting a taste of what it’s like at an early age,” Clayton said.

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

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