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kickoff 2016:

Positive signs for Virgin Valley despite loss to Cedar City

2016 High School Football

Christopher DeVargas

Members of the Virgin Valley High football team pose for a photo at the Las Vegas Sun’s high school football media day July 20, 2016, at the South Point. They include, from left, Hogan Fowles, Jaden Dalton, and Cesar Zarate.

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Similar to 2015, Virgin Valley High started this season off with a tough loss to Cedar City of Utah Friday night.

The Bulldogs fell at home to the Redmen 34-13 but showed more promise than a year ago, boding well for this year.

“Cedar is a good team with a lot of big guys up front, and we played pretty solid for a while but got worn out,” coach Yori Ludvigson said. “We had to go both ways and it kind of wore us out.”

Virgin Valley opened the game with a 15-yard touchdown pass from Hogan Fowles to Brayton Hampsten, and led Cedar City 6-0 after one quarter.

Later in the game Cedar City’s depth emerged, and the Redmen scored 34 unanswered points.

Cedar City outgained Virgin Valley 299-167, 272 of which came on the ground.

Bulldogs running back Jayden Perkins carried the ball 20 times for 104 yards.

“He ran the ball well for us,” Ludvigson said. “He worked hard, and man he earned every yard.”

Jeret Tietjen played a well-rounded game for the Bulldogs, catching two passes for 16 yards on offense, nabbing four tackles and an interception on defense, and returning the ball 151 yards on special teams.

While it’s never good to start the season 0-1, Ludvigson said he could see improvement from last year and expects high things from the team this season.

“I think we have a lot of tough kids who are working their tails off,” Ludvigson said. “We are turning the corner and if we can get healthy we will be all right.”

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