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Friday, Sept. 27, 2013 | 11:55 p.m.
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A career night from Vinny DeGeorge led Faith Lutheran to one of its biggest victories in recent memory Friday.
The Crusaders overtook first place in the Division 1-A Sunset division with an upset 32-25 win at Mojave. DeGeorge racked up nearly 300 all-purpose yards and scored four touchdowns.
The senior wide receiver’s first trip to the end zone came right before halftime when he returned a kickoff 89 yards for a touchdown after a Mojave score by Ty Flanagan.
The first of DeGeorge’s three receiving touchdowns off of passes from Jacob Deaville, who finished 10 for 15 for 250 yards and four touchdowns, came early in the third quarter to put Faith Lutheran ahead 17-7.
But Mojave responded with three unanswered touchdowns, including Flanagan’s second to go up 25-17 at the beginning of the fourth quarter.
Then, Deaville-to-DeGeorge struck again, this time from 73 yards out. The game-winning touchdown came on a Deaville pass to Mark Rubalcaba before DeGeorge added another score as insurance.
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