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Mojave clinches playoff spot with dominant win

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Members of the Mojave High School football team, from left, Tawee Walker, Dylan Mleynek and Xavier Delong pose for a portrait at the Las Vegas Sun’s high school football media day August 2, 2017, at the South Point.

Fri, Oct 20, 2017 (11:59 p.m.)

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Ray Brewer and Case Keefer recap all the action from rivalry week, and spend extra time looking ahead to a few of the evenly-matched games in week 9.

The Mojave Rattlers rode another great performance by star running back Tawee Walker to a playoff-clinching victory Friday night.

Walker tallied 190 rushing yards and three touchdowns to lead Mojave over Cheyenne 40-6.

“He is so important to us,” Mojave coach Abraham Gonzalez said. “He comes out and demonstrates leadership and runs with a purpose. Every run tonight it took two or three guys to take him down.”

The Rattlers improved to 6-2 on the season and 3-1 in Sunset League play to clinch the postseason for the first time since 2015.

“It means a lot because we’ve been working hard for this,” Gonzalez said. “To clinch the playoffs feels good. It will be our first playoff appearance with the new regime.”

Mojave closes out the regular season by hosting Pahrump Valley on Thursday.

Jesse Granger can be reached at 702-259-8814 or [email protected]. Follow Jesse on Twitter at twitter.com/JesseGranger_.

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