By Kirk Kern

The Virgin Valley High football team opened its season on the road at Del Sol on Friday night and came away with a dominating 46-0 victory.

Gavin Brown threw for two touchdowns and ran for a third for the Bulldogs (1-0). He was 8 of 10 for 150 yards. Ethan Workman and Javen Laub each scored rushing touchdowns and Jimmy Kelly had a receiving touchdown as well. Ashten Roman had two big catches in the first half.

Virgin Valley High quarterback Gavin Brown runs in a for a touchdown against Del Sol on Friday, Aug. 20. (Kirk Kern photo)


The Bulldogs scored on every possession they had in the first half. The defense gave up only two first downs in the game, both in the second half. The second half was played with a running clock.

“We didn’t have a lot of guys to sub out in the second half, but everybody got in,” said coach Matt Woods. “They all got a lot of playing time.”

Woods said his team didn’t have much of a scouting report on the Dragons because they have a new coach and Virgin Valley hadn’t played them in awhile.

“We had no idea of what they were going to do,” he said. “We guessed it would be the spread, which it was. We practiced and prepared for everything.”

On defense, Benson Leavitt had 2.5 sacks and Cutler Crandall had one as well.

Virgin Valley High’s Benson Leavitt gets to the Del Sol quarterback for a sack in the first half of their game on Aug. 20. (Kirk Kern photo)

Woods was impressed by the play of senior Brown, who was playing quarterback for the first time with the Bulldogs. He also said his young offensive line held up pretty well too.

The Bulldogs will play their home opener on Friday, Aug. 27, against Eldorado. Game time is 7 p.m. Eldorado lost its opener Friday night against Moapa Valley, 48-12. Woods expects Eldorado will play better than they did in their opening game, but he also will at least have a scouting report on the team.

“Eldorado has a few guys,” he said. “They should be a good test for us. They should make some improvement from the first game to the second.”