It’s difficult to win when you turn the ball over six times.
Moapa Valley’s defense found a way to make it work.
The Pirates forced four turnovers and limited Boulder City to 152 yards of offense to earn a 16-0 road win over Boulder City on Saturday.
Logan Jackson scored both Moapa Valley touchdowns on runs of 15 and 11 yards.
The teams each had three turnovers in the first half, with the only points coming on Jackson’s first touchdown run late with 1:36 to go in the first quarter.
Both Moapa Valley (3-1) and Boulder City (2-3) missed on scoring opportunities in the first half with red-zone turnovers. The Eagles lost a fumble on second-and-goal from the Moapa Valley 1-yard line, and the Pirates saw a bid for a score before halftime thwarted by the Eagles’ Briggs Huxford, who picked off a pass in the end zone.
Jackson doubled the Moapa Valley lead with his 11-yard TD run with 2:52 to go in the third quarter, and the defenses took over again from there. Boulder City’s comeback bid was hindered by a wayward snap on a punt attempt from its own end zone, leading to a safety with 5:31 to play for the final margin.
Braeden St. John ran for 90 yards for Moapa Valley. Daxton Longman completed 6 of 10 passes for 91 yards, and Chase Hoy picked up 76 yards receiving for the Pirates.
Austin Langley completed 11 of 26 passes for 115 yards for Boulder City.