A huge traveling contingent of Bulldog faithful cheered their Dawgs to a 28-19 win over their archrival Moapa Valley Pirates Thursday night in the Pirates den. The Bulldogs rode the back of Wyatt Delano and a dominating offensive line to victory. Delano ran for 223 yard on 21 carries and two touchdowns. Bulldog quarterback Mebs Hollingshead added 51 yards on 6 carries and hit the air waves for 110 additional yards. On the defensive side of the ball, linebacker Tanner Fielding had a huge game with 17 tackles and a fumble recovery followed by Wyatt Anderson and Stetson Ludvigson with 12 tackles each. Anderson added a sack to his defensive prowess.
The Bulldogs jumped off to a first period advantage putting up two touchdowns on a 5 yard run by Anderson and a 38 yard pass from Hollingshead to wide-out Will Barnum. The Pirates countered with a T.D. of their own in the period. In the second quarter, Bulldog Delano brought the Bulldog fan base to their feet and groans from the home crowd ripping off an 83 yard T.D. through the entire Pirate team. The Pirates kept the game close with another T.D. making the score 20-13 at the half.
The teams battled fiercely in the third period, not allowing a score, keeping it at 20-13 after three periods of play. Delano added a 19 yard rushing T.D. and a two point conversion in the fourth period keeping the Dawgs on top. The Pirates would not go away adding a T.D. of their own making the final score 28-19. “Our offensive line dominated the game”, said Bulldog coach Matt Woods. “It made the run game work as it has for most of the season. Jeremy Perkins, Wyatt Hillius, Sione Toupu and Wiley Waite played outstanding ball. Our defense played well except for handling trick plays from the Pirates. We still need to cut down on penalties to keep control of the game. We will probably see them at home in two weeks if they get by Pahrunp Valley this week.” The Dawgs and 3A Sunset League winner Cheyenne will get a bye this week. The Desert Shields face the winner of the Boulder City-Del Sol game. The Bulldogs and Shields ended up with identical 5-0 records in league play and 8-1 overall. The winners of the games two weeks from now will qualify to play in the Nevada State Championship against the 3A Northern Conference Champions.