Taylor Bryant #5 runs around end during a recent game. Bryant had eight receptions for two touchdowns and ran for a third in a Bulldog win over Bonanza last Friday evening. Photo by Lou Martin

The Virgin Valley High School flag football team jumped out to a 25-6 halftime lead over Bonanza High, winning easily 37-19 on January 16. The Lady Dawgs’ defense controlled the Bengals offense throughout most of the game. Bulldog freshman quarterback Kallie Graves spearheaded the Dawg attack accounting for four touchdowns hitting for 15 of 32 passes for 232 yards and two touchdowns.

Graves also ran in two more scores and accumulated 57 yards on the ground. Receiver Taylor Bryant led all receivers with 8 receptions for 137 yards and two touchdowns. Bryant also contributed 58 yards on the ground for a touchdown. It was her largest offensive output of the season. On the defensive side, Bryant and Idania Ramirez led the Dawgs with an interception each and Kari Wakefield made 9 stops for the Dawgs.

The Bulldogs’ win keeps them in third place in the strong Northwest League with a 6-2 record. The Bulldogs host strong Arbor View on Wednesday, January 21 and Desert Oasis on Thursday, January 22. Both teams are one game behind the Dawgs in the loss column. Wins over the Aggies and the Diamondbacks would go a long way in assuring the Dawgs will have a playoff spot.