In their final tune up for the two most important football games of the season, the Virgin Valley High School Bulldogs struck late Friday night on an 8 yard run by Wyatt Delano to defeat the Spring Valley High School Grizzlies 20-19. Delano led the rushing attack with 121 yards on 22 tough carries and two T.D.’ Quarterback Meb Hollingshead passed for 81 yards on 4 of 13 attempts and a T.D. The Bulldogs were out distanced in overall yardage 352-231by the Grizzlies one of the lowest offensive output of the season by the Dawgs.
The Bulldogs struck first on a Hollingshead 26 yard strike to Jake Hampstead with 6:39 remaining in the first quarter. Tanner Shepherd’s point after split the uprights to give the Dawgs the lead 7-0. The Grizzlies countered through the air on a Frank Bartley 56 yard pass to Marco Godinez. The point after was good tying the game up 7-7 with 2:41 remaining in the period. Delano put the Dawgs up 13-7 midway through the second period bulling his way from 8 yards out. Shepherd’s point after made it 14-7. A good kickoff by the Dawgs set the scene for the Grizzlies next offensive series. The Bartley-Godinez combo struck quickly for an 89 yard T.D. The extra point try failed and the Dawgs still led 14-13. The Bulldogs were held on the next possession giving the ball back to the Grizzlies. The Grizzlies didn’t waste any time scoring their third touchdown of the first half on a 20 yard pass from Bartley to Jonathon Vasquez with 1:21 left on the clock and a 19-14 lead. The second half of the game was a defensive struggle setting up the Dawgs final drive and Delano’s heroics with 1:09 remaining in the game. The Bulldogs two point extra point pass failed keeping the score 20-19. The Bulldogs held the Grizzlies to insure the win. “It was a bitter sweet win for us,” said bulldog coach Matt Woods. “We lost running back Tanner Fielding for the rest of the year with a broken collarbone. He had just recovered from a knee injury. Spring Valley had a lot of speed and we scrambled to contain them in the first half. But we made some adjustments and shut them out in the second half. We are not a flashy team and throw the ball a lot. We are just going to lineup and punch them out on the ground for four quarters. Who, is standing at the end, wins.” The win gives the Bulldogs a 1-1 league record and 7-1 overall. The Dawgs face another tough passing team, Sunrise Mountain next Friday Oct. 12 on the hill. (see preview of game)