A good Virgin Valley High School football team ran into a buzz saw Saturday afternoon in the Nevada State 3A semi-finals in Reno. The Dawgs faced defending state champion Churchill County (Fallon) and left on the short end of a 47-14 defeat. It was a tough loss for the 9-2 Dawgs who had their best season in years.
The teams battled evenly for one period before the Green Wave took advantage of Bulldog turnovers to blow the game wide open in the second period. The Green Wave scored first on runs by quarterback Elijah Jackson, making the score 14-0. The Green Wave took advantage of two pick sixes to end the half with a 28-0 advantage. Churchill added a T.D. to begin the second half increasing their lead to 34-0 before the Dawgs got on the scoreboard on a Wyatt Delano run. The two point conversion was good making the score 34-8. The Green wave added another T.D. prior to the third period gun going up 40-8. Churchill scored first in the fourth to increase their lead to 47-8 before the Dawgs added their final T.D. to end the game. Delano had both touchdowns and ran for 200+ yards for the Bulldogs. “We just picked the wrong game to go flat,” said Bulldog Coach Matt Woods. “They were a very good team, but so are we. Should have been a great game but that falls on me. We had a great year and I want to thank all the seniors, players and coaches for everything they did this year.”
The Green Wave will face the Fernley Vaqueros in the state championship game on November 24. Fernley held off Cheyenne High School 35-30 to reach the finals.