Moapa Valley remains No. 1 in the Southern Nevada Class 3A football rankings, but faces a stiff test against Boulder City in one of two top-five matchups this week.
Moapa Valley blew a 20-0 lead and needed a fourth-quarter interception return for a touchdown to beat Hurricane (Utah) 26-22 and run its winning streak to 15 games.
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.
Ana Tausinga, a Virgin Valley sophomore offensive lineman, experienced the thrill of a lifetime playing football against boys Thursday night at Allegiant Stadium.
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.