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PREVIEW: Rancho vs. Las Vegas (NV)

September 25, 2013

LAS VEGAS, NV – Can the Las Vegas Wildcats keep their impressive winning streak against the Rancho Rams going? We’ll see when the two teams square off in the annual “Bone Game” on Friday at 10 p.m. (EST) at Rancho High School, which will play host to a game that’s part of the 2013 Great American Rivalry Series presented by the U.S. Marine Corps and Hibbett Sports.

Las Vegas has won an incredible 17 consecutive games against Rancho, which hasn’t won in the series since six straight wins from 1990-1995. Las Vegas had no trouble in last season’s matchup, cruising 45-0 to push its all-time series lead to 30-25-1.

The two teams play for the Herkimers Bone, a large cow bone which was proposed by the father of a Rancho player who owned a butcher shop to be the annual trophy.

Las Vegas, coached by James Thurman, went 6-4 last season and return junior quarterback Trevor Swenson (1,787 yards and 13 TDs last season) and senior back Andrew Moreland (1,281 yards and 13 TDs last season).

The Wildcats are 2-1 and are coming off its first loss of the season, 66-14 against California’s Rancho Verde. Swenson ran for a pair of TDs in the loss.

Rancho, coached by Tyrone Armstrong, went 0-9 last and loses its starting quarterback and top back and receiver.

The Rams, much like last season, have really struggled so far, losing all four of their games by a combined score of 211-15 including a 53-7 loss to Sierra Vista in their last game.

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What is the Great American Rivalry Series?

Each fall for over a century, high school football has been the centerpiece for families and communities on Friday night. In 2004, iHigh, Inc. created the Great American Rivalry Series to celebrate this uniquely American sport and the cultural phenomenon of “Friday Night in America.” The Series shines the spotlight on top high school football rivalries across the nation, where long-standing traditions are valued, expectations are sky high, and followers are committed.