Bulldog Q.B. Jarron Linge #3 hands off to I-back Junior Paongo #2 during the Bulldogs only scoring drive of the game. Paongo had 74 rushing yards on the drive. Photo by Lou Martin

Bulldog Q.B. Jarron Linge #3 hands off to I-back Junior Paongo #2 during the Bulldogs only scoring drive of the game. Paongo had 74 rushing yards on the drive. Photo by Lou Martin

The Virgin Valley High School Bulldog defense spent most of the evening on the field succumbing to a bigger and quicker Chaparral High School Cowboy squad 41-7 in the Dawg Pound Friday night, October 17.

“I thought we could run against their six in the box,” said Bulldog Coach Yori Ludvigson after the game. The Bulldogs found out early they couldn’t as the Cowboys stuffed almost every attempted run by the Dawgs. The old football adage “You live by the pass, you die by the pass” had a lot to do with the Bulldogs’ demise as the Cowboys intercepted seven passes.

The game started with the teams trading possessions, as neither team could get their offense untracked. The Dawgs had the opportunity to score early with a first down on the Cowboys 39 yard line after a short punt. The Bulldogs’ pass attempt on fourth down was intercepted by the Cowboys and returned to the Bulldogs 33 yard line. A quick slant off tackle found the Cowboys up 6-0. The point after failed. The Cowboys surprised the Bulldogs with an onside kick on the next play to keep the pigskin on the Dawgs 44 yard line. The Cowboys drove to the Bulldogs’ five yard line before Bulldog defensive back Cody Jones intercepted a pass giving the Dawgs the ball on their own 20 yard line. The period ended shortly thereafter.

The Dawgs’ drive was stopped by another interception on the 50 yard marker. The Dawgs seemed to hold the Cowboys forcing an apparent punt from the Dawgs’ 39 yard line. The Cowboys faked the punt with the kicker hitting the pass for a touchdown and a 13-0 Cowboy lead with 7:42 remaining in the first half. The Cowboys attempted another onside kick which was recovered by the Dawgs. The Dawgs were in position to score but were again intercepted by the Cowboys on the 28 yard line. Bulldog lineman Keegan Biasi sacked the Q.B. forcing a Cowboy punt. The Bulldogs’ possession would be stopped again on the fourth interception of the first half giving the ball back to the Cowboys on their 45 yard line with 1:52 remaining in the period. A few seconds later the Cowboys had their third touchdown of the evening on a 55 yard reception. The first half ended with the Dawgs trailing 20-0.

The Bulldogs received the opening half kickoff but could not mount a drive turning the ball over to the Cowboys on their 42 yard line. Bulldog Josh Bishop stopped the Cowboys on the next possession intercepting a pass on the Dawgs’ 21 yard line. The Cowboys would get their fifth interception on the Dawgs’ 24 yard line and would score on a 20 yard scamper around end increasing the Cowboy lead to 27-0. The Cowboys would take advantage of field position driving to the six before the Q.B. took it in upping the Cowboy lead to 34-0 with 1:57 remaining on the third quarter clock.

The Dawgs would give up two more interceptions and a touchdown making the score 41-0 early in the last quarter. The Bulldogs finally put together a drive behind the running of Junior Paongo. Paongo scored from the one yard line cutting the Cowboys lead to 41-7. Paongo had 74 rushing yards during the drive. The game ended with the Cowboys up 41-7.

“I’m proud of our seniors but sad we couldn’t get them a win in their last homecoming game,” said Coach Ludvigson. “You can’t give up that many turnovers and expect to win.”

The Dawgs’ record fell to 1-4 in league play and 3-5 overall. The Dawgs will face Boulder City in their last game of the season in Boulder City Friday at 7 p.m.