Friday, Sept. 23, 2016 | 11:59 p.m.
It’s been a long time since the Hammer Game has meant something.
Moapa Valley has owned Virgin Valley, beating them eight straight times with few being close contests.
But this year the Virgin Valley Bulldogs will enter the game on a four-game winning streak after Friday night’s 24-20 win over Spring Valley.
“We talked about that a lot this week. This game was so important because we wanted to keep the momentum going,” Virgin Valley coach Yori Ludvigson said. “It was a really good game for us before going into that one.”
Jayden Perkins ran for 124 yards and a touchdown to lead the Bulldogs over the Grizzlies.
Quarterback Hogan Fowles completed 5-of-10 for 90 yards and two scores, and also made a huge interception early in the game on defense.
“That was a huge interception early,” Ludvigson said. “ That turned the tide of the game. It changed the field for us and was a huge swing.”
The win keeps Virgin Valley undefeated against in-state opponents and sets up the biggest game of its season when they host the Pirates next Friday night.
“I think our kids are excited going into that game where in the past you didn’t have the same feeling,” Ludvigson said. “It’s going to be great.”