Can Hackers do a repeat at State in 2022?




The 2021 Nevada 3A State Soccer Champions prepare to defend their title from a year ago. Last year brought a magical run for the Moapa Valley High School football team. It was an undefeated season with a dream state championship game against rival Virgin Valley. It was only the third time this epic showdown had happened in their history with Moapa Valley winning two of them.

The icing on the cake, the last game was played in the brand new Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas.
Now the question on everyone’s mind is: can hackers do it again?

Last year, the state championship game was scheduled to take place in northern Nevada. But, since 3A had the two southern finalists in the title match, the NIAA made arrangements to move the game south instead. Eventually, the Raiders gifted the new stadium to the NIAA and all title games were held there except for Game 1A.

This year the game will take place in southern Nevada, which is the normal rotation (north to south). The only exception would be if both finalists are from the north.

The southern league, still divided into Mountain and Desert divisions, will have five teams each; with crossover matches between the two divisions.

The Pirate team suffered several losses from last year’s roster due to graduation.

But a solid team returns. That includes Landon Wresinski at running back. Wresinski led the Pirates with 990 yards and 9 rushing touchdowns.

Ethan Stankosky, the other running back, also returns. He had 24 carries of experience and will likely see time in the backfield.

The Pirates’ receiving crop was lost at graduation, with Wresinski the lone holdout with his seven receptions, 115 yards and just one touchdown last season.

At quarterback, the Pirates will have the option of taking the place of graduate Peyton Neilson. Will it be Shandon Matheson who was 5-6 in his brief passing experience last year with 2 touchdowns as a junior. Or it could be senior Jayden Bunker who passed 2 of 3 last year. Both had very limited experience.

The pirate defense will have to replace several of them as well as the offensive and defensive lines.
Gavin Henrie will help on the line as well as Joe Whitmore.
“We’re very young and inexperienced,” said head coach Brent Lewis. “We could take a few pieces early in the schedule. But we should be stronger by the end of the season. It all depends on the boys. If they keep working hard, everything will be fine.

Lewis and his coaching staff will have a challenge ahead of them. But their experience could lead this team to another opportunity in a title chase in November.

Pirate football season kicks off Friday night, August 19 at 7 p.m. against a visiting Hurricane team. The following week, August 26, will also be a home game for the Pirates against Eldorado High School in Las Vegas.

This year’s reunion game will be played on October 7 against Western. .

The Pirates will face Virgin Valley in the Hammer Game on the evening of October 21 at the VVHS football ground.

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