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Virgin Valley punishes Clark to open season

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Back from Arizona, a heartbroken Ray Brewer recounts the costly mistakes that made Nevada teams go 0-2 in this year's Sollenberger Classic. Fellow Las Vegas Sun sports reporter Case Keefer helps him cope by looking at this week's national showdown between Bishop Gorman and Maryland's Our Lady Of Good Counsel. The two also babble semi-coherently on the rest of the week's games and high school football players' favorite rappers. Don't forget to subscribe to Prep Sports Now on Itunes.

If anyone’s debating the most impressive team performance in week one, look no further than Virgin Valley.

The Bulldogs made a mockery out of a game that looked at least somewhat competitive on paper. Virgin Valley defeated Clark 53-13 to start coach Chris Sawyers’ tenure, scoring all 53 points in the first half before substituting in the reserves.

“It definitely wasn’t flawless,” Sawyers said. “I’m excited with the way we played, but we’ve got some things we need to work on.”

Virgin Valley’s new offense clicked in every way imaginable. Dee Bowler rushed for more than 125 yards and three touchdowns. Garrett Leavitt threw for three touchdowns and more than 300 yards — all in the first half.

Leavitt started at quarterback over Cristian Aguirre, who was competing for the job. But Aguirre also got into the middle of the action in a big way.

Sawyers said Aguirre was the Bulldogs' defensive standout with a few tackles and an interception returned for a touchdown. Defensive ends Tanner Killmer and Chris Erickson set the tone early by making plays to leave the Chargers listless on offense.

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