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Virgin Valley dominates trenches in season-ending win

High School Football Media Day 2015 Steve Marcus

Steve Marcus

From left: Virgin Valley’s Joshua Bishop (7), Garret Hafen (54) and Jaden Hollingshead (57) during the Las Vegas Sun’s High School Football media day (make up) Monday, July 27, 2015. STEVE MARCUS

With every quarterback on the roster sidelined with an injury, Virgin Valley coach Yori Ludvigson jokingly asked his team during practice this week if any of them had played quarterback before.

Senior running back Kai Mitchell laughed and said he played behind center in the third grade.

Well, Friday night, Mitchell started at quarterback for the Bulldogs and led them to their highest scoring output since Sept. 12, 2013.

Virgin Valley snapped a four-game losing streak with an emphatic 70-13 win over Boulder City.

The Bulldogs controlled the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball, rushing for 277 yards and holding Boulder City to negative-19 yards on the ground.

Mitchell, who completed 1 of 2 passes for 39 yards, ran the ball four times for 54 yards and a pair of touchdowns.

“Mitchell had a great game tonight,” Ludvigson said. “To step in like that with no experience was a big deal.”

Jaret Tietjen led the Bulldgos on the ground with nine carries for 75 yards and two rushing touchdowns.

The game was never close, as Virgin Valley jumped out to a 28-0 lead by the end of the first quarter, and while the Bulldogs narrowly miss out on the playoffs Ludvigson believes the win will do wonders for their offseason.

“It really does make a world of difference,” Lundvigson said. “It's good to go in like that rather than going in losing four or five in a row. This is a good group of kids. It’s a huge shot in the arm for our program, and a great way to send our seniors out.”

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