Sam Morris / Las Vegas Sun
Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012 | 11:29 p.m.
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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?
Boulder City advanced in the divisional playoffs thanks in part to its trademark rushing attack.
The Eagles rushed for 522 yards to pick up a 57-33 victory over Faith Lutheran in the first round of the Division I-A playoffs.
"The kids executed the gameplan," Boulder City coach Alex Kazel said. "The line did a great job opening holes and running backs ran through them. It was a good night."
Xavier Steel led the way with 247 yards on 20 carries and two scores. D.J. Koopman was next in line with 120 yards and two scores on 10 carries. Billy Viera rushed for 87 yards with a score. J.D. Owens, Sam Woodbury and Trenton Carmel also ran for touchdowns.
By contrast, the Crusaders (5-5) threw the ball 59 times, but on this night, it was the team that ran the ball that prevailed.
Boulder City moves onto the next round, where it will play Cheyenne.
"There's no guaranteed (games)," Kazel said. "You have to earn it. We earned one more game."