weather icon Clear

Mistakes costly for Eagles in loss to Clark

Boulder City opened up its 73rd season of football with a 21-9 road loss to Clark after surrendering a fourth-quarter lead. It’s the second straight year the Chargers handed the Eagles an opening-night setback.

Penalties, mistakes and rust were problematic for the Eagles, much to the dismay of head coach Chris Morelli.

“Just a lot of mistakes,” Morelli said. “We get in the red zone four or five times and the mistakes just piled up and killed us.”

Offsides, illegal formations and false starts halted any momentum the Eagles had going drive after drive.

Clark opened the scoring with a touchdown on its third drive of the game, but couldn’t convert the extra point. A few series later, a botched snap by the Chargers punt team resulted in a safety for Boulder City, making the score 6-2 heading into the half.

On the first play of the fourth quarter, Michael Morgan scored the first touchdown of the season for Boulder City on a 4-yard run, giving the Eagles a 9-6 advantage.

That lead was short-lived, however, as on the next drive, Clark’s Milan Dixon broke free for a 79-yard touchdown run. The Chargers converted the 2-point conversion to make the score 14-6.

The youthfulness of the Boulder City defense was exposed as Clark’s Dixon rushed for 246 yards and three touchdowns. The 5-foot-6-inch running back sealed the victory by scoring his third touchdown of the game late in the fourth quarter.

“We’re not as fast as most teams on defense,” Morelli said. “We have some young guys out there. This is their first year playing varsity, so the speed’s a little different.”

Austin Wishard had an off night in his first start of the 2015 season, but Morelli has faith in his 6-2, 165-pound quarterback, who displayed some impressive arm strength that didn’t show up on the stat sheet.

The triple-option, spread offense run by the Eagles was effective against the Chargers defense in spots. Morelli said when ran properly, he liked what was produced on the field by his tandem backfield of Morgan and Logan Branscum.

Despite the opening loss, the Eagles have time to right the ship before conference play starts.

Morelli said they plan on using the next two games — both of which are at home — to work out all the kinks before their conference opener against Del Sol.

“I know we can throw this ball and we’re not going to abandon the passing game,” Morelli said. “I know we can run the ball and we’re going to stick to the game plan through these next two games leading up to league play.”

Boulder City will host Quest Preparatory at 7 p.m. Friday.

Contact Randy Faehnrich at BCRsports@gmail.com.

Don't miss the big stories. Like us on Facebook.
Purdy ready to make splash in Denver

Fulfilling his dreams of becoming a Division I athlete, Boulder City High School senior swim star Joseph Purdy signed with the University of Denver on Nov. 11.

Arkansas bound: Speaker fulfills dream to become Division I athlete

Ethan Speaker, Boulder City High School’s boys basketball star, has fulfilled his dream of becoming a Division I athlete after committing to the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.

School teams prepare to start season

A step in the right direction to resuming high school athletics, the Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association has shifted into its third phase of COVID-19 modifications, moving closer to its target date of Jan. 2 for the start of winter sports.

Play ball; sports set to return

Youth sports are back in Nevada for the first time since last March, thanks to Gov. Steve Sisolak’s announcement Oct. 2 that he would be easing restrictions on local recreational sports.

Westcliff has ‘Wright’ stuff for volleyball star

Boulder City High School senior Ava Wright, a star on the girls volleyball team, has solidified her place as a future collegiate athlete, committing to National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics program Westcliff University in Irvine, California.

Orton to head to Arkansas

Boulder City High School senior girls volleyball star Sierra Orton has found her collegiate home for the next four seasons, committing to Arkansas Tech University.

Boulder City baseball team takes Utah tournament

Boulder City baseball players recently took the field for the first time this summer and won the 18u Pioneer Tournament Championship in Heber Valley, Utah.

Goal of fourth consecutive state championship for girls volleyball in doubt

A chance for a fourth consecutive 3A state championship for the Boulder City High School girls volleyball team has been put in doubt, as the Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association recently suspended fall athletics.

Coaches hoping to save upcoming season

With the number of COVID-19 cases rising in Southern Nevada, high school athletics are again on the chopping block, with fall sports prepared to be the latest victim.

Hungry to play: Eagles begin football practice in hope of fall season

Boulder City High School’s football team took the practice field for the first time Monday, looking to find some normalcy during the current COVID-19 pandemic. Excited more than ever to have sports back in their lives since they went on hiatus in mid-March, the atmosphere at practice has been positive.