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Virgin Valley bounces back, throttles winless Rancho

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From left, Virgin Valley High School football players Brayden Lee, Branden Haun and Junior Paongo on July 21, 2014.

Virgin Valley wasn’t rattled after Rancho scored first tonight.

Far from it.

The Bulldogs responded to an early Rams touchdown by cruising to a 50-13 home win thanks to highlight-reel plays on offense, defense and special teams.

Virgin Valley’s Brayden Lee scored on a punt blocked into the end zone by Kai Mitchell, Jaret Tietjen returned an interception for a touchdown and the Bulldogs also notched a safety.

“I loved how we came out. There’s no panic in our boys,” Virgin Valley coach Yori Ludvigson said. “It was good when (we) had a little adversity. We just went through it and bounced back.”

Part of the bouncing back for the Bulldogs (2-2) was thanks to Mitchell, who scored two touchdowns, and Cody Jones, Tony Urias and Jaron Linge, who scored one TD apiece.

Mitchell scored on runs of 26 and 5 yards. Urias scored on a 3-yard bootleg run, Linge a 1-yard sneak and Jones a 21-yard run.

“It was good to see their energy and emotion,” Ludvigson said. “It was a good game we needed to get going again.”

Rancho, which is playing an independent schedule this season, dropped to 0-4.

Tristan Aird can be reached at 702-259-8829 or [email protected]. Follow Tristan on Twitter at

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