The Virgin Valley High School playoff game between the Dawgs and Sunrise Mountain will be a rerun of an earlier 3A Sunrise League matchup. The Bulldogs won a hard fought game on Sept. 20 (21-14). The teams were tied at the half 14-14 before the Dawgs scored the final T.D. for the win.
The Miners finished the season with a 2-3 league record and 3-6 overall for the season. The Bulldogs should set records aside as the Miners bring in a potent offense with over 3700 total yards. The Miners are led by quarterback Stephen Wright who has passed for approximately 2100 yards and 22 touchdowns. He spread his passes amongst 4 receivers led by Tyree Hayes with 43 catches, Xavier Kyles and Daltyn Petrysson added 33 catches each. The Miners rushing attack is also dangerous as the Miners ran for over 1600 yards during the regular season. The Miners are led by Trayvon Ward with 526 yards plus three other potent runners. The Miners lost their final outing to Cheyenne High School 52-49 in a shootout. Miners coach Chris Sawyers, a former Bulldog coach, brings his vaunted pistol to the Dawg Pound in hopes of moving on in the playoffs.
The Bulldogs will counter with a strong running game of their own plus a stalwart defense that slowed down Moapa Valley and Chaparral High Schools strong offenses in recent weeks. Jayden Perkins leads the Bulldog ground game with over 1100 yards on the season. The key again will be the kicking of Cesar Zarate who has 13 point after’s and 4 field goals this season. The Bulldog defense will need to have their A game on the field to stop the Miners attack. The Dawgs defense has given up only 14 touchdowns in their last 8 games. Don’t expect a 52-49 score in this game as the Dawgs will slow it down and eat the clock with their ground game. “ Bulldog coach Yori Ludvigson said,” We are excited to be 8-1 heading into the playoffs and obviously pleased having home field advantage. We beat Boulder in an ugly game but now have to take care of business the next three weeks to get to the state championship game. The kids are peepared and we just have to do it now.”