Sam Morris / Las Vegas Sun
Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013 | 11:51 p.m.
Las Vegas High turned heads in the local high school football community with its season opener Saturday night.
One of valley’s most storied programs declared that it was back with another powerhouse team. The Wildcats got the message across by knocking around the fellow perennial playoff-contending Foothill Falcons with a 61-32 victory.
“Our kids were fired up,” Las Vegas coach James Thurman said. “They were chomping at the bit and ready to go.”
It showed in the first quarter, where the Wildcats opened with 35 unanswered points. The city’s leading returning rusher, Andrew Moreland, set the pace early and eventually finished with 152 yards and four touchdowns on 18 carries.
Elias Miller also scored four times, while quarterback Trevor Swenson just eclipsed a milestone with 302 passing yards.
Foothill mounted a comeback that saw it only trail by two touchdowns in the third quarter, but Las Vegas regrouped from there.
“There’s always to room to improve,” Thurman said. “We kind of took a breath to relax and they never did. That made it interesting for a little while, which it shouldn’t have been but Foothill was tough.”