Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012 | 12:11 a.m.
The Las Vegas High football team nearly erased a 28-point deficit first-half deficit Friday against visiting Rancho Verde High of California, but a last-minute pass into the end zone was broken up in a 35-28 defeat.
“If you would have told me at halftime we would have had a chance to tie, I would have been happy,” Las Vegas coach James Thurman said.
The first half was that awful for the Wildcats. They threw two interceptions and turned the ball over a third time on a fumble in trailing 28-6 at the break.
The second half was much different.
Andrew Moreland rushed for 220 yards and two touchdowns, and Joshua Mayfield had a pair of scoring receptions from Trevor Swenson to make things interesting. With time winding down, Las Vegas drove the ball to inside the Rancho Verde 10-yard line before running out of time.
“We clawed our way back into it,” Thurman said. “They matured a lot in the second half. The kids competed and that is what we asked them to do.”