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May 22, 2019

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Return of Dee Bowler works as a boon for Virgin Valley

Prep Sports Now

Thoughts on realignment, Centennial's challenge and Green Valley's latest romp

Las Vegas Sun sports reporters Ray Brewer and Case Keefer touch on every high school football team in the valley and more on this week's episode. The topics, rants and disagreements are at an all-time high, so brace your ears and get ready to take sides.

Virgin Valley’s recent three-game slide should come with an asterisk next to it.

The Bulldogs competed in all of those contests with their best player, junior Dee Bowler, out with an injury. With Bowler back for the first time since mid-September, Virgin Valley showed some of its potential Friday night.

Virgin Valley routed Sunrise Mountain 41-21 behind 227 yards and five touchdowns from Bowler.

“He makes a little difference,” Virgin Valley coach Chris Sawyers said.

Sawyers would have preferred a better performance out of his defense, but the offense more than made up for it. In addition to Bowler, the Bulldogs passing attack also reverted to form.

Junior receiver Dillon Graves caught five passes for 54 yards and a touchdown. Junior Garrett Leavitt was near-perfect, completing 15 of 18 passes for 230 yards and a touchdown.

“It’s been a while since he’s had a game like that,” Sawyers said. “It was nice to see.”

Virgin Valley extended its season and will travel to Cheyenne next week for the first round of the Division 1A playoffs.

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