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Virgin Valley’s Perkins is key workhorse in win over Sunrise Mountain

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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Week 1 ruled

Las Vegas Sun sports editors Ray Brewer and Case Keefer recap a particularly memorable week 1 in Las Vegas high school football that included Bishop Gorman obliterated a Texas power and two games between top five teams that came down to the final minute.

Junior running back Jayden Perkins ran for 178 yards and scored three touchdowns to lead Virgin Valley to 21-14 upset win at Sunrise Mountain Friday night.

Perkins punched in a two-yard touchdown run for the Bulldogs to even the score 7-7 in the first quarter. It would be one of an astounding 36 carries on the night.

“Perkins was our workhorse tonight,” Virgin Valley coach Yori Ludvigson said. “We controlled the ball a ton. Our time of possession was big for us.”

The Bulldogs were able to contain a Miner offense that was coming off an offensive explosion in its first game.

Last week’s player of the week — quarterback Stephen Wright — was held to 172 yards and no touchdowns through the air.

“He is so athletic so we had to get him off his game,” Ludvigson said. “We blitzed him and got after him a little bit. We knocked him around and they went away from the pass, but our best defense of him was keeping him off the field.”

After entering halftime tied 14-14, Perkins ran in another 2-yard touchdown in the third quarter to give the Bulldogs the lead for good.

An offensive line of Jaden Dalton, Cade Anderson, Layton Woods, Dayden Payne and Cresent Crandall paved the way all night for Perkins, who also scooped up a fumble and returned it for a touchdown.

“Our O-line really rolled tonight,” Ludvigson said. “Our boys were big up front and really controlled the line of scrimmage. Last week we got worn out and this week we wore them out.”

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