The Virgin Valley High School Bulldog football team celebrated homecoming week with a resounding defeat of the Warriors from Western High School by a score 0f 52-0. Leading the way for the Dawgs were quarterback Gavin Brown, with four touchdown passes for 184 yards and Kellen Dugan with 100 rushing yards. Brown hit four different receivers for the T.D.’s.
The Bulldogs didn’t waste any time taking the opening kickoff 58 yards on 7 plays. Running back Dugan finished the drive off going 13 yards for the touchdown. The Warriors came out passing on the next possession but a quarterback fumble forced them to punt. The Bulldogs got the ball back on their own 28 yard line and marched down the field behind Dugan’s running and a 13 yard completion to Jim Kelley setting up a first and ten from the Warriors 25 yard line. Brown hit receiver Benson Leavitt in the corner of the end zone for the score. The point after was good upping the Dawgs lead to 14-0 with 2:28 remaining in the first period. It wouldn’t take long for the Bulldog offense to get back on the field as the Warriors Q.B. fumbled the snap giving the Dawgs a first down on the Warriors 13 yard line. A quick pass by Brown to a leaping Cameron Perkins in the right corner of the end zone upped the Dawgs lead to 21-0. The Warriors would turn the ball over on a fumble on their next possession giving the Dawgs a first on the Warriors 14 yard line. The Bulldogs could not take advantage as they fumbled on their first play setting up the Warriors next possession. The Bulldog defense forced a Warrior punt to t their 47 yard line. Strong running by Dugan plus an 18 yard reception by Leavitt gave the Dawgs a first down on the Warriors 17 yard line. Bulldog Kelley took it the rest of the way on an end around for the touchdown. The point after was wide as the Dawgs increased their lead to 27-0 with 9 minutes remaining in the first half. The scoring wasn’t over yet for the Dawgs as the defense forced another punt on their 40 yard line. The Bulldogs scored on 5 plays, the longest a 36 yard reception by Jared Jensen. Brown hit Kelley from 4 yard out for the score. The point after was good giving the Dawgs a comfortable 34-0 advantage with approximately 5 minutes remaining in the period. Another Warrior four downs and out set the Dawgs up for another drive from the 46 yard line. The Bulldog drive fizzled giving the ball back to the Warriors. The Warriors immediately fumbled the ball back to the Dawgs setting up a 4 yard circus catch by Jensen for the T.D. and a 41-0 Bulldog lead. The first half ended shortly thereafter.
The second half featured a running mercy running clock. The Bulldogs still managed to put 11 more points on the score board on two safeties and a 10 yard T.D. run by Jaxon Baird. Bulldog reserves played the second half. “Our biggest take from this game was no one got hurt going into next week’s big game at Moapa,” said Coach Matt Woods. “We just need to do our job and the score will take care of itself. We played hard tonight and hope to get back some injured players in the next two weeks.” The Bulldogs travel to the Moapa Valley to face the 8-0 Pirates who are coming off a big tune up win over a strong 4A school Clark High School squad by a score 35-28.