Revenge is sweet as the Virgin Valley High School Bulldogs defeated the Miners from Sunrise High School 21-14 Friday night in Las Vegas. The Miners, led by former coach Chris Sawyers, upset the Dawgs last season knocking them out of the playoffs.
First year running back Jayden Perkins did it all for the Dawgs, running for two scores on 172 yards from the ground and picking up a loose Cowboy ball taking it to the house for six. Bulldog kicker Cesar Zarate had a perfect night with three points after touchdowns.
The favored Miners took the opening kickoff and marched down the field putting the Dawgs down 7-0 after less than two minutes of play. Not to be denied, the Bulldogs behind work horse Perkins knotted the game 7-7 on a two yard run and Zarate kick. Bulldog coach Yori Ludvigson’s game plan was now apparent. Four yards and a cloud of dust with an occasional pass in between. A big hit less than a minute later on Miners quarterback Stephen Wright popped the ball loose and was picked up by Perkins for six more. Zarate’s PAT was good. The Miners tied the game early in the second period. The half ended with the score knotted 14-14.
The second half was a defensive struggle until the Dawgs behind Perkins feet scored with seconds remaining in the third period. The Dawgs held on for the win. Perkins led Bulldog rushers with his 172 yards followed by Q.B. Hogan Fowles with 41 yards on only two carries. Speedy receiver Jarrett Tietjen led the Dawgs with six receptions. “I thought the boys played real well,” said Coach Ludvigson.”Our defense did a great job plus the line play on both sides of the ball was excellent. We finished well but there are a lot of things to fix this week.”
The Dawgs now 1-1 on the season travel to Mojave High School next Friday Sept. 9. The Rattlers were upended by 4A Legacy High School 22-6. The Mojave squad could only manage 109 total yards against the big Legacy front line.