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Mojave opens playoffs by beating Desert Pines for second time this season

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Is the short week unfair for playoff teams?

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Las Vegas Sun sports reporters Ray Brewer and Case Keefer are pumped up for all the high-stakes games going down Thursday night. But why can't they be played on Friday?

Mojave made history in more ways than one Friday night.

Not only did the Rattlers host the first playoff game in school history, they also won it. For the second time this season, Mojave beat Desert Pines.

This time was even more decisive than the first, as the Rattlers put the Jaguars away by a 42-28 mark.

“What a great feeling for our team,” Mojave coach Joe Delgado said. “Our first home playoff game and to come out victorious was huge for us. We need to tighten up some things, but an overall great performance by our team.”

Mojave’s offense continued to move the ball at will, as the win marked the third straight game the Rattlers have scored more than 40 points.

Quarterback Zack Arave was at the center of the attack. He rushed for 141 yards and three touchdowns and added 101 yards passing with one touchdown.

Marcus Hines caught the touchdown pass, one of three scores on the night for the senior. Hines also returned an interception and kickoff for a score.

Usual offensive star Ty Flanagan made a big impact defensively with two interceptions. Flanagan also ran for 129 yards and a touchdown.

Mojave travels to Moapa Valley next week.

“The boys wanted to prove the naysayers wrong,” Delgado said, “and did.”

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

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  1. 1footballfan... i've only seen Mojave once and that was against Western on tv.. do you think Mojave is better than the Blue Ridge team Moapa played in Arizona?

  2. Mojave has athletes and can create match up problems. They also have a lot of speed. They will be the fastest team that Moapa has faced this year. That being said, they had no problems with Desert Pines speed. Moapa is a very good team, a lot of people just don't know that. They don't miss to many tackles, when they block they get to the second level and sometimes third. This is difficult to win against.