The Virgin Valley High School road to the Nevada State 3A tournament must go through archrival Moapa Valley High School for the second time this season. This has not happened since the 2013 season when the Pirates defeated the Bulldogs twice to win State. The host Bulldogs defeated the Pirates 28-19 at Moapa two weeks ago giving them a by while the Pirates had to travel to Pahrump Valley to stay alive. The Pirates shut out the Trojans 35-0 on November 1 to get to face the Dawgs once again. The Pirates led 35-0 at the half before pulling their offensive starters. Hayden Redd led the Pirates with 99 yards on the ground and two touchdowns. Pirates head coach Brent Lewis no doubt is working on a plan to slow down the Wyatt Delano led Bulldog running game. Delano ran for 223 yards against a strong Pirate defense in their last game. “We have the best line play in 3A football,” said Bulldog head coach Matt Woods. “We need to keep winning the trenches and dominate both sides of the lines. I’m so excited for our kids and great fans, playing Moapa Valley for a birth in the State semi-finals. It doesn’t get any better than this.”
A win does not necessarily assure a home game against a North opponent for the Dawgs. Boulder City plays in the other 3A Conference game on Friday November 8 against Sunset League winner Cheyenne High School. The Silver Swords went 8-1 this season with their only loss coming at the hands of the Eagles early in the season. If Cheyenne wins the Dawgs will travel to a North school, to face their top seed, on November 16. If the Eagles win, the Dawgs will host the #2 seed from the Northern Conference. The winners in the semi-finals will matchup for the Nevada State 3A Championship on November 23 TBA Northern school.