Moapa Valley lost a deep and talented senior class after last year’s 12-0 season and state championship but is still No. 1 to open the season.
Moapa Valley and Virgin Valley have established themselves as the top programs in the Class 3A Southern Region, but charter and inner-city schools are improving.
Moapa Valley doesn’t have much varsity experience back after a senior-laden team ran to an undefeated season and the Class 3A state championship last year.
Mikayla Brown threw for 215 yards and four touchdowns, as Shadow Ridge won its first state flag football championship while denying Green Valley its third straight.
Green Valley and Shadow Ridge will meet in flag football for the fifth time this season Tuesday with the Class 5A state championship on the line.
Moapa Valley scored 27 consecutive points and defeated rival Virgin Valley to win the Class 3A state football championship Thursday night at Allegiant Stadium.
Moapa Valley has been the dominant team in Class 3A this season, but its biggest rival, Virgin Valley, stands between the Pirates and the state football championship.
The Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association announced game times for four state football championship games that will be played Thursday at Allegiant Stadium.
Moapa Valley and Pahrump Valley earned byes to open the Class 3A football playoffs, while Virgin Valley and SLAM Nevada will host first-round games.
Moapa Valley had a rocky start but rolled once it got going, routing Virgin Valley on Friday night for its second consecutive victory in the Hammer Game.