Friday, Aug. 28, 2015 | 11:59 p.m.
Las Vegas Sun sports reporters Ray Brewer and Case Keefer spend some extra time on the three biggest games of the week — Arbor View at Desert Pines, Chandler (Arizona) at Bishop Gorman and Liberty at Saint Louis (Hawaii) — before getting to their full picks. They also discuss the hypothetical first pick of a high school football fantasy draft.
The season could not have started any worse for Virgin Valley High (0-1).
On their first offensive series the Bulldogs went three-and-out. On their next, they lost quarterback Hogan Fowles.
The junior signal caller ran a quarterback keeper, but after a helmet-to-helmet hit that left his nose bloodied, he spent the rest of the game sidelined.
From there, Cedar City High rolled over Virgin Valley 41-7 Friday night in Utah without much resistance.
Cedar City quarterback Mason Fakahua scored three first-quarter rushing touchdowns to give the Redmen a 20-0 lead after one quarter.
“We kind of self-destructed the first few minutes of the game,” Virgin Valley coach Yori Ludvigson said. “The wheels fell off early and we never could get it going.”
Fakahua finished the game with 17 carries for 154 yards and three scores on the ground, with only 24 passing yards.
In place of Fowles, backup quarterback Tony Urias completed 13-of-28 passes for 219 yards and two touchdowns. Urias scored the Bulldogs' only points of the night when he ran it in from 11 yards out in the fourth quarter.
Virgin Valley will be glad to return home next week, when they host the Western Warriors (0-1), who haven’t won a game since 2010.
The Bulldogs could get Fowles back in the lineup for that contest. According to Ludvigson, Fowles could have returned for the second half of Friday’s game if the score had been closer.