Friday, Aug. 31, 2018 | 11:32 p.m.
Virgin Valley planned to have a handful of running backs to rely on throughout the season.
That’s already gone awry due to injuries, leaving junior Wyatt Delano as the last man going into Friday night’s home game against Del Sol.
“He had to carry the load tonight,” Virgin Valley coach Matt Woods said. “And he took over for sure.”
Delano racked up 145 rushing yards and five total touchdowns as Virgin Valley edged Del Sol 32-26 to stay undefeated with its third straight win to open the season. Delano got going early, as the Bulldogs built a 20-6 halftime lead over the Dragons.
But Virgin Valley struggled with Del Sol’s athleticism in the second half, Wells said, and allowed the Dragons to tie the game at 26 with a little more than two minutes remaining. Wells challenged Delano and the offensive line to answer, and they proved capable.
Virgin Valley marched down the field in less than two minutes to re-capture the lead.
“The line dominated for sure,” Wells said.
The Bulldogs held the Dragons for the final 45 seconds to ensure a victory, their second straight to come down to the end of the game. Junior quarterback Meb Hollingshead was a stabilizing force, throwing for 172 yards while adding 76 yards on the ground.