After three periods of play, the playoff game between Virgin Valley and Chaparral High School’s, was all that it was billed. Two well coached teams faced off Friday night with only one team moving on to the Nevada State football playoffs. The Bulldogs had a 16-14 lead over the Cowboys, then lightning struck at the 9:44 mark of the fourth quarter, when the Dawgs fumbled on their 47 yard line. Approximately a minute later the Cowboys were on top on a 51 yard gallop into the end zone by Tyray Collins giving the Cowboys a lead they would not relinquish. Coming into the game, reserve Collins had only 11 yards on 12 carries for the season. Two interceptions later the Cowboys had unsurmountable 34-16 advantage. The last touchdown came on a 54 yard strike from Santiago Vialpando to Devin Gaddy. The win avenged a 13-7 defeat to the Dawgs less than a month ago. Vialpando went 14-16 on completions for 191 yards, compared to 7-17 for 67 yards during the first matchup. Bulldog Q.B. Hogan Fowles had a good evening despite the interceptions with 11-20 for 180 yards. Bulldog workhorse Jayden Perkins led the Dawgs with 95 yards on 23 carries plus an additional 76 yards on receptions. The win moves the Cowboys on in the playoffs next Saturday at Spring Creek in Northern Nevada. The Bulldogs ended the season with a respectable 9-2 record.
The Cowboys drew first blood Friday, taking the lead 7-0 on a Jacob Ford going over from one yard out. The Dawgs tied the game early in the second period on a short dash by Perkins. Cesar Zarate kicked the point after. The Bulldogs added a Zarate field goal to take a 10-7 lead going into the break. Two controversial calls marred the second period ending. The first was an apparent safety on Vialpando in the end zone and a catch in the right corner by Zarate which was ruled out of bounds. That and mistakes by the Dawgs offense kept the game close.
The Dawgs scored approximately 4 minutes into the third period on a Zarate pick and 55 yard run into the end zone giving the Dawgs a 16-7 lead. Ford added the last T.D. of the period on another short dash making the score 16-14 Bulldogs. The fourth period was all Cowboys going on to a 34-15 win.