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July 29, 2014

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Las Vegas’ second half rally falls short

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.”

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

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