Stephen R. Sylvanie/Special to Home News
Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2008 | 9:01 p.m.
Virgin Valley has won the last three meetings between the teams, including a 42-16 win in Boulder City on Oct. 16.
"It's a great advantage having a second shot," Kazel said. "The first game was the first chance coach (Alex) Moore and myself had to see them play, and we learned a lot."
Virgin Valley (8-2, 2-1), is the No. 2 seed, while the Eagles (5-4, 1-2) are the No. 3 seed.
The Eagles traveled to Mesquite twice in 2007, including the playoffs and lost both times. Virgin Valley ended Boulder City's season with a 42-24 win last year.
It was a loss Kazel said he doesn't want his team to forget as it prepared for the postseason.
"We didn't come out with the intensity necessary for a football game," Kazel said. "Hopefully, we learned our lesson and take it with us on the road."
Boulder City held leads in the fourth quarter and in overtime, but each time first-year Desert Oasis rallied.
"We made too many mistakes and didn't capitalize on our opportunities," Kazel said.
Senior safety Alex Critcher said the loss was a wake-up call to get ready for the postseason.
"We can't screw around this week. We deserve 100 percent of what coach gives us this week," Critcher said. "We will be better prepared for the playoffs."
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