Sam Morris / Las Vegas Sun
Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013 | 11:24 p.m.
Perhaps Mojave really is that good.
The Rattlers slithered off their second impressive win in as many weeks Saturday, nearly blanking upper-classification Spring Valley 27-6.
“Spring Valley was a tough team and gave us their all,” Mojave coach Joe Delgado said. “Luckily, we were able to capitalize on some of their mistakes and made plays when we absolutely needed to.”
Mojave made plenty mistakes of its own, getting three touchdowns wiped off of the board because of penalties. But a suffocating defense effort led by Kaleb Friedman, Kharye Shine and Daijon Payno made up for it.
On offense, the usual suspects did the damage. Ty Flanagan rushed for 108 yards and a touchdown, while Marcus Parker caught a touchdown pass from Zack Arave.
The Rattlers have one of their biggest games of the season next week with a trip to Moapa Valley.
Mojave High School is Rattler Nation, but really it’s home to underdogs.
Minutes from the Nellis Air Force Base the school is nestled near Commerce Street and West Ann Road, an area littered with foreclosed homes.
The school is attended by many students who are underprivileged or at-risk. After Mojave failed to meet No Child Left Behind standards it became one of five Clark County Schools determined to do a 180.
In order to make the turnaround a reality, Mojave has implemented new faculty, extended the school day by 20 minutes and is geared towards boosting school spirit.
“The problem we have right now is that our children aren’t proud of their own school,” Mojave principal Antonio Rael explained an August interview. “When our children begin to take pride in our school, our community will follow.”
- Year built:
- Rattle Snake
- Principal (Year Hired):
- Antonio Rael (2001)
- School motto:
- “Promoting Achievement, Creating Success”
- Mission Statement:
- “The Mission of the Mojave High School Community is to provide a safe learning environment that will empower students to develop excellence, pride, respect, and skills necessary for future success.”
- Approximately 2,000
- School Report Card:
Compiled by Gregan Wingert