82°F
weather icon Clear

Eagles’ victory exactly as planned: Lessons learned earlier in season lead to 42-0 win over Lake Mead

The feeling at the Eagles’ football practice Tuesday was one of relief coming off of Friday’s huge 42-0 victory over 2A program Lake Mead.

“Obviously (it was) a great win for the program, regardless of who it comes against,” said Boulder City High School coach Chris Morelli. “I think the boys really came together Friday night; they executed the game plan and pulled everything together.”

Coming off a solid performance the week prior in a 39-6 loss to Sunrise Mountain, the Eagles took what they learned from that outing to earn Friday’s win.

“The Sunrise game really did a lot of good for us, showing the boys what we needed to work on,” defensive coordinator Alex Moore said. “We played assignment football on Friday and we executed perfectly. Everyone did their job, everybody was in the right spots and we made big plays because of it.”

Along with pitching a shutout on the defensive end, the Eagles used a solid rushing attack against Lake Mead during Friday’s rout, something Morelli is hopeful to see more of.

“Top to bottom, I think everyone did a great job running the ball this week,” Morelli said. “That’s exactly what we need to do in order to open up the passing game the way we would like to. I thought everyone did a great job picking their spots and running through the holes. I’m really proud of our unit.”

Led by nine rushers, the Eagles totaled 279 yards on the ground, with all six of their touchdowns coming from different rushers.

Leading the unit Friday was senior Aaron Walker, who finished the night with 83 yards on 15 carries, while senior Brian Foster garnered 52 yards on five carries and sophomore Thorston Balmer garnered 38 yards on four carries.

“I thought the offensive line really did a great job for us,” Balmer said. “There were a lot of holes up front for us to go through, which made it easy for us to get the running game going.”

Tallying rushing score for the Eagles were junior Briggs Huxford (one carry for 34 yards), sophomore Travis Hungerford (four carries, 29 yards), senior Dillon Viera (four carries, 26 yards), senior Michael Morgan (two carries, 13 yards), senior Taylor Hatchel (four carries, 3 yards) and junior Cyrus Quintana (one carry, 1 yard).

Hatchel also connected on a 20-yard pass to Viera.

Having little time to celebrate their victory, the Eagles will host Pahrump Valley on Friday in what Morelli expects to be a physical contest.

“We would love to celebrate our victory, but it’s time for us to get back to business,” Morelli said. “We’re going to go up against a really tough physical opponent on Friday, and I’ve mentioned to the kids that we need to punch them in the mouth first before they punch us. If we can play their style of football, I think we’ll have a good chance to have another solid week.”

Contact Robert Vendettoli at BCRsports@gmail.com.

Upcoming Games

■ Today: vs. Pahrump, 6:30 p.m. junior varsity

■ Friday: vs. Pahrump, 7 p.m. varsity

THE LATEST
Eagles soar to four-peat in volleyball

Continuing their dynasty, Boulder City High School boys volleyball won their fourth consecutive 3A state championship Tuesday, defeating rival Virgin Valley 3-0 on May 14 at Sunrise Mountain High School.

BCHS swims its way to regional titles

Taking the competition by storm, both Boulder City High School swim programs won regional championships on May 11 at Pavilion Pool.

Lady Eagles remain hot going into state tourney

In search of their first state championship since 2010, Boulder City High School softball is rolling into the 3A state tournament with plenty of momentum.

Golfers capture first Southern Region title since 2021

Overcoming a day-one deficit, Boulder City High School won their first Southern Region title since 2021 with a strong day-two performance.

Eagles on quest for fourth straight title

Opening the 3A state tournament, Boulder City High School boys volleyball routed Mater East 3-0 on May 7.

Inexperienced team surprising many

Growing up before the eyes of many, inexperienced Boulder City High School baseball earned a playoff victory against Mater East on May 6.

Another strong showing by girls track

Owning their home meet on April 24, Boulder City High School girls track and field dominated the event, winning 13 of 18 events to finish with a team score of 193 points.

Volleyball stays perfect in league action

Finishing league play with an undefeated record, Boulder City High School boys volleyball won a pair of games this week to close out the regular season with a 23-6 record.

Lady Eagles increase streak to eight

On an eight-game winning streak, Boulder City High School softball defeated SLAM Academy on April 29 and Canyon Springs on April 25, finishing the regular season with a 19-6 record.

BCHS volleyball picks up 3 late-season wins

Continuing their dominant stretch of play, Boulder City High School boys volleyball won a trio of games this week to advance to 21-6 on the season.