Bulldog Benson Leavitt #23 finishes off a touchdown pass, dragging a defender into the end zone. Photo by Lou Martin

The Virgin Valley High School Bulldog football team sputtered Thursday night to begin their 3A Southern Conference matchup with Eldorado High School. “Penalties and lack of focus shut us down for a few minutes,” said Bulldog head coach Matt Woods. “Once we got our heads straight, we played our kind of ball.”

It didn’t take to long for the Dawgs to exert their style of play on both sides of the ball. The Bulldogs held the Sundevils on their second possession forcing a short punt to the Eldorado 40. A targeting foul on the play moved the ball to the 28 yard line. Bulldog quarterback Gavin Brown wasted little time hitting James Kelley on a crossing pattern for a 28 yard score. Bulldog Edgar Perez added the point after making the score 7-0 for the home town Dawgs. The Bulldogs one hiccup on defense allowed the Sundevils Deangelo Moore to break free on a short pass to cut the Dawgs lead to 7-6 The P.A.T. was blocked by the Dawgs front line. The Bulldogs downed the kickoff on their 35 yard line before starting a 65 yard drive to take a 14-6 lead. Ashten Roman, playing his first game since being injured in the opener, got the Dawgs rolling on a 35 yard reception. Brown proceeded to hit wide out Benson Leavitt in the flat, Leavitt brought the Bulldog faithful to their feet with some nifty moves diving into the end zone for the T.D. Perez’s P.A.T. was good upping the Dawgs lead to 14-6 with 2:21 remaining in the

Bulldog Benson Leavitt #23 finishes off a touchdown pass, dragging a defender into the end zone. Photo by Lou Martin

first period. The Dawgs wasted little time getting the ball back as Trey Hafen

intercepted a first down pass setting the Dawgs up on the Eldorado 33 yard line. Brown finished the drive hitting Roman for two yards and a score. The extra point kick failed but the Dawgs led 20-6 with seconds remaining in the first period.

The Bulldogs defense shut down the Eldorado offense to begin the second period forcing a punt. Bulldog Cameron Perkins called for a fair catch on the 44 yard line. The Bulldogs wasted very little time as Brown hit Kelley, Kallen Dugan and Roman on three straight passes setting up a T.D. pass to Duggan for the score. Duggan’s two point conversion run was good giving the Dawgs an insurmountable 28-6 lead early in the second period. The Bulldogs defense made the Sundevils pay as they forced a short punt to their won 44 yard line. Brown hit teammate Kelley in the flat with Kelley taking it to the house dragging a Sundevil into the end zone. The point after failed but the Dawgs lead increased to 34-6 at the 8 minute mark of the second period. The Bulldog defense once again turned the ball over to the defense, giving the Dawgs a first on the Eldorado 45 yard line. Q.B. Brown hit Duggan for 15 yards before Roman took a short pass over the middle and rolled into the end zone from 30 yards out. The Dawgs led 40-6 as the second period ended.

Photo by Lou Martin

The second half of the game featured a running clock due to league mercy rules. The Dawgs took the second half kickoff to the house with Brown hitting Kelley on a short pass with Kelley making a huge run to the Eldorado end zone for a 46 yard score. The extra point failed but the Dawgs led 46-6.The Dawgs defense controlled the half as Kelley picked up an Eldorado fumble and rambled into the end zone from 10 yards out, his fourth T.D. of the game. The Sundevils ended the scoring with a final T.D. making the final score Bulldogs 52-12.

Photo by Lou Martin

Bulldog Q.B. Brown had a remarkable day hitting on 13 of 17 attempts

for six touchdowns and 315 yards. Kelley was on 5 of the catches for 131 yards and 3 T.D.s. Roman had 4 catches for 80 yards and a T.D. Dugan led all rushers with 90 yards on10 carries. Martin Jordan led the Dawgs defense with 10 tackles, five of them solo. The Bulldogs will now travel to Pahrump to face the #1 seed Trojans on November 5 at 6pm. The Bulldogs defeated the Trojans earlier in the season 48-18. “Despite the last game, we are expecting a battle from Pahrump,” said Coach Woods.

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