Lady Eagles find their strength

Rebounding after a tough loss, Boulder City High School’s flag football team dominated rival Moapa Valley 28-13 on Tuesday, Jan. 29.

Coming off of a 33-12 loss to Sunrise Mountain on Friday, Jan. 25, the Lady Eagles came out assertive against the Pirates, making smart decisions to move the ball effectively.

“That was a tough loss,” head coach Kevin Ruth said. “It’s the worse point loss we had all year so it could have gone either way against Moapa Valley. I’m glad the girls stepped up.”

The Lady Eagles controlled the game early, using their rushing attack to pick up key first downs before junior quarterback Makaela Perkins capped off drives with touchdowns.

“The team played really well,” Perkins said. “We were all really in sync and on the same page, and that really helped a ton. It was very important to win this game, not just for our standings but for our confidence.”

Looking poised and confident against the Pirates, Perkins completed 13 of 22 passes for 102 yards and three touchdowns. In sync with senior Elizabeth Taggard, they linked up three times in the end zone.

“I can’t say enough about how Perkins bounces back after tough games,” Ruth said. “She knows she has a big job and excepts the responsibility. This was a good win. We beat them in overtime last time we played them so it was a good confidence booster for sure.”

Keeping defenses honest with a balanced offensive attack, senior Ryann Reese rushed for 102 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries, while Junior Jasmyn Curl rushed for 63 yards on 10 carries.

Junior Makena Arboreen added another threat out of the backfield, rushing 31 yards on seven carries and catching five passes for 25 yards.

Picking up a 33-0 victory against Valley on Jan. 23, Arboreen caught six passes for 103 yards and two scores, while rushing for 22 yards and a touchdown on three carries. On defense, Arboreen made nine tackles.

Perkins completed 14 of 23 passes for 162 yards and a two touchdowns against the Vikings; Curl rushed for 137 yards on 10 carries.

Against Sunrise Mountain, Perkins completed 15 of 31 passes for 133 yards and two touchdowns, but also threw two interceptions. Taggard caught seven passes for 39 yards and both scores.

Sitting third in the 3A Southern League, the Lady Eagles look to close out the season strong against stiff competition, avenging earlier season losses. Boulder City travels to Del Sol on Friday, Feb. 1, before hosting Virgin Valley on Tuesday, Feb. 5.

Contact Robert Vendettoli at BCRsports@gmail.com.

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