Quick hits: Tigers avenge 2014 loss by edging explosive Moapa Valley

Hurricane vs. Moapa Valley, Hurricane, Utah, Sept. 4, 2015 | Photo by Dave Amodt, St. George News

HURRICANE — The Hurricane Tigers found themselves in a 14-6 hole early in the second half, but rallied for 11 straight points to pull of a 17-14 win over defending Nevada 1-A champion Moapa Valley Friday night at Tigers Stadium.

hurricane-smmoapa-smA three-tiered rushing attack, with Kyler Blackmore, Jake Carr and Nick McDaniel, put together a solid run game — 215 yards on 39 carries — as Hurricane owned the line of scrimmage. The team averaged 5.5 yards per carry in the game.

The defense also played well, with Pirates star R.J. Hubert scoring just once after five TDs a week ago. His one score was a big one, though, as he opened the second half with an 82-yard kickoff return for six points, putting MVHS ahead 14-6.

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Kyle Williams runs after the catch, Hurricane vs. Moapa Valley, Hurricane, Utah, Sept. 4, 2015 | Photo by Dave Amodt, St. George News

But the Tigers tied it just two minutes later with Carr sprinting in from 15-yards out. He also rushed in the two-point conversion to tie the game with 9:32 left in the third. McDaniel had a 37-yard run in the drive.

Jaden Stone broke the tie with a 24-yard field goal with just 3:47 left in the game. The three-pointer came at the end of a 10-play, 42-yard drive. Kirt McDaniel intercepted a Moapa Valley pass on the next possession to preserve the win.

“Our defense keyed on Hubert,” said Tigers defensive coordinator Chris Hurst. “We put our best athlete on him and double-covered him most of the night.”

Hurricane, 2-1, will sit out next week with a bye before beginning region play Sept. 18 with a game at home against rival Desert Hills, who the Tigers beat in the state semifinals a year ago.

For more on the game, including more photographs, quotes and insight, see the STGNews Breakdown story Saturday morning.

Stats: Hurricane 17, Moapa Valley 14

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