It didn’t take long Thursday night, Dec. 3 for the Virgin Valley High School Gridiron Girls to take a bite out of the visiting Spring Valley High School Grizzlies scoring two quick touchdowns to take a 13-0 lead. Lady Dawg Elizabeth Deleon scored both T.D.’s leading the Dawgs to a 46-13 win.

Lady Dawg McKenzie Leishman #23 intercepts a Grizzlies pass, taking it to the house for a Bulldog T.D.  Photo by Lou Martin.

Lady Dawg McKenzie Leishman #23 intercepts a Grizzlies pass, taking it to the house for a Bulldog T.D. Photo by Lou Martin.

The Bulldogs defense shut down the passing attack of the Grizzlies in the first half of play. Defensive back McKenzie Leishman big interception for a 22 yard T.D. gave the Dawgs an insurmountable 19-0 lead. “I liked our effort in the first half,” said Bulldog defensive coach Gary Hartman. “We were physical and came out to play.”

Bulldog quarterback Kallie Graves hooked up with wide out Dylan Bryant for 22 yards and the final T.D. of the first half and a Bulldog 26-0 advantage. Bryant set up her T.D. with her second pick of the season.

“We sure looked good in the first half,” said Bulldog coach Joey Bowler to his troops during the break. “Spring Valley was a playoff team last year.”

The Gridiron girls heard the words and scored quickly on their first possession of the second half. Wide-out Emily Teerlink took an end around to the house from 15 yards out giving the Dawgs a 32-0 advantage. Penalties bogged down the Lady Dawgs on their next two possessions.

The Grizzlies took advantage of good field position and scored 13 straight points to cut the lead to 32-13. The two scores seemed to motivate the Dawgs as they put the Grizzlies away with T.D.’s by Katie Zuniga and Teerlink for a final 46-13 win. The Bulldogs added another interception to their stats on a pick by Markell Ludvigson.

There will be no rest for the weary as the Dawgs travel to Vegas for possibly three games Friday and Saturday, Dec. 4 and 5 in the Lady Longhorn Tournament. They stay on the road for games Monday and Wednesday before returning home to open league play Friday Dec. 11 against Sunrise Mountain.