By Arnold M. Knightly, Boulder City Review
It will be the first season the Eagles compete in the Class 4A, Division II league, which brings back some old foes and could build new rivalries.
Boulder City will have five league games this year, an increase from the two league opponents of Virgin Valley and Moapa Valley since 2009.
Aug. 24, Mojave
Aug. 31, Faith Lutheran
Sept. 7, at Pahrump Valley
Sept. 14, Clark
Sept. 21, at Desert Pines (league game)
Sept. 28, at Virgin Valley (league)
Oct. 5, Moapa Valley (league)
Oct. 12, at Sunrise Mountain (league)
Oct. 19, Chaparral (league)
The Eagles went 3-6 last season and winless in league play for the third straight season. Boulder City lost to Mojave, Virgin Valley and Moapa Valley last year, but defeated Clark. The other five are new opponents this season.
Head coach Alex Kazel expects 25 players to return from last year’s roster including first-team, all-league performers running back Xavier Steel (junior), offensive lineman Christian Nilsen (senior), defensive lineman and punter D.J. Koopman (senior) and linebacker Michael Kelso (senior). Also expected to return are second-team, all-league performers lineman Brandon Foster (junior), kicker T.J. Hatfield (senior) and cornerback Corbett Fleming (senior).
Kazel, who has a 19-22 record, enters his fifth season as the head coach.
Some players competed in a 7-on-7 tournament June 9 at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, winning three of four matches and placing second in their pool.
Kazel said the weight room is open 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Monday through Thursday. Go to www.bouldercityfootball.com for more information.