The Sunrise High School Miners football team’s drive to Mesquite too face the heavily favored hometown Virgin Valley High School Bulldogs ended in jubilation for the visitors as they rolled over the Dawgs 28-18. The Miners came into the game with a 2-5 season record to the Dawgs 7-1 record but most important the win clinched a playoff spot for the Miners and bounced the Dawgs out despite one game remaining against archrival Moapa Valley next week. The Miners sit at 2-1 in 3A League play to the Dawgs 1-2 record.
The Miners no doubt watched game film of the Dawgs previous games exploiting the Bulldogs pass defense, putting up big numbers. Miners quarterback Tyree Hayes had over 250 yards through the air and two touchdowns and ran for another.
The Miners took the opening kickoff at their 35 yard line. A long pass gave the Miners a first on the Bulldogs 37 yard line but a fumble turned the ball over to the Dawgs on their 28 yard line. Quarterback Meb Hollingshead swept the left side for 27 yards followed by an 11yard dash up the middle for workhorse Wyatt Delano. Delano finished the drive with a T.D. run. The point after failed and the Dawgs had their first and only lead of the game, 6-0. The Miners countered a minute later on a 60 yard bomb from Hayes. The two point conversion was good giving the Miners an 8-6 lead. The Dawgs took the proceeding kickoff on their 37 yard line setting up the Dawgs next series. Delano struck quickly on a 52 yard scamper deep into Miners territory, but the run was negated on a block in the back penalty. The drive fizzled forcing a punt to the Miners 27 yard line. Q.B. Hayes gained 13 yards on a keeper giving the Miners a first down in Bulldog territory as time ran out in the first period. The Miners marched down to the Dawgs one yard line behind Hayes and scored on a fourth and one giving the Miners a 14-6 advantage. The Bulldogs countered with 2:52 remaining in the half when Vincente Pinto swept left end and outraced the Miners for a 61 yard T.D. run. The two point conversion failed but the Dawgs cut the Miners lead to 14-12. The Miners scored a minute and a half later threshing the Dawgs line on four rushes for 69 total yards. The halftime score found the Miners up 20-12.
The Bulldogs got the ball to begin the second half marching to the Miners 11 yard line but were stopped by penalties. A good Bulldog kick gave the Miners a first down on their 32 yard line. Two plays later the Miners were in the end zone, the big play a 66 yard pass from Hayes. The two point conversion was good upping the Miners lead to 28-12 with 5:32 on the third period clock. The Bulldogs fumbled the ball away on their next possession giving the ball back to the Miners. The period ended with the Miners still up 28-12. The Bulldogs finished the scoring on an 18 yard pass from Hollingshead to Jake Hampsten making the final score 28-18. “I blame myself for the loss,” said Bulldog coach Matt Woods. “We didn’t have a good week of practice and were not prepared. We adjusted our defense at halftime but could not get the job done. We host a good Moapa team next week.” See preview of next week’s matchup with archrival Moapa Valley.