There is an old adage in football, live by the pass, die by the pass. The Virgin High School football team attempted 18 passes in their 42-24 loss at Chaparral High School Friday night, completing 12. There was only one problem five of the passes were caught by Cowboy players resulting in two long returns, for Chaparral touchdowns. Normally the pass dictates how your running game goes, not with the Dawgs Friday night as they ran for a respectable 210 yards for the game led by Kai Mitchell’s 131 yards. Mitchell had two running touchdowns to lead the Dawgs.
The Dawgs had the lead briefly in the first quarter on a Cesar Zarate field goal from the twenty yard line. Sixty seconds later the Cowboys took the lead on a Richard Nelson 39 yard scamper, a lead the Cowboys would not relinquish the rest of the game. The Cowboys added another T.D. 58 seconds remaining in the second period on a 38 yard Richard Solis pass to Tyler Ford. The Dawgs attempted to retaliate with seconds remaining in the first half but were intercepted at the 3 yard line by Casey Acosta and returned for a T.D. as time ran out giving the Cowboys a 21-3 lead at the break.
The second half of the game was a stalemate as the teams battled evenly on the scoreboard with 21 points each. Mitchell scored early on a two yard run cutting the Cowboys lead to 21-10. The Cowboys recovered quickly scoring a minute later on a 1 yard run with 7:35 remaining in the third period. The period ended with a 28-10 advantage for the Cowboys. The Bulldogs began the third period with a drive to the Cowboys 40 yard line, but were stopped by the Cowboys. Solis then hit Kentrell Petite on a 60 yard bomb for a score and a 38-10 lead. Nelson took an errant Bulldog pass for 20 yards and a 42-10 lead with nine minutes remaining in the game. Mitchell would add his second T.D. of the game and quarterback Tony Urias added six more on a keeper from one yard out making the final score 42-24. The Dawgs end the season Friday Oct. 23 against Boulder City. The Eagles come into the game with a 0-5 league record and 1-7 overall. The Eagles lost 63-14 Friday at Moapa Valley. A win for the Dawgs will give them a season ending 2-4 in league play and 4-5 overall, no doubt a disappointment repeat of last season.