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September 16, 2021

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Virgin Valley shuts out Utah school

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Previewing the new football season

Las Vegas Sun reporters Case Keefer and Ray Brewer discuss the upcoming high school football season. They will let you know whether or not anyone can dethrone defending state champion Bishop Gorman, release their state title sleepers teams and give a quick breakdown of the area's 30-plus schools.

As recently as two weeks ago, Daniel Gleave engaged in a fierce competition with Humberto Urias for the Virgin Valley starting quarterback job.

Urias ultimately seized the job, but it appears Gleave found his own niche. Gleave caught a touchdown pass from Urias and recorded an interception Friday night as Virgin Valley shut out Kanab (Utah) 16-0.

“For the first game, they did really well,” Virgin Valley coach Kirk Hafen said. “The penalties weren’t there and we just kept sustaining things and never gave up.”

Virgin Valley established the pace of the game early. The Bulldogs opened the game with a 12-minute, 26-play drive that ended with Kyler Hughes finding the end zone from a yard out.

They completed a two-point conversion to take an 8-0 lead at halftime. The defense continued its stranglehold on Kanab, which gained 172 yards of total offense with 50 of it coming in one play, in the second half. Senior Colton Jensen also had an interception.

Meanwhile, Urias and Gleave guided the offense.

“They were real close for the (quarterback) job, but Urias is a junior,” Hafen said. “If close, we’re going to go with the junior.”

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