By DAVE BELCHER
Moapa Valley Progress
Southern 3A – Sunrise
Del Sol at Virgin Valley
This was a must win game for Virgin Valley! If the Bulldogs wanted to win the top seed from the Sunrise for the upcoming playoffs, they had to beat Del Sol. A win would mean a three-way tie with Moapa Valley and Chaparral. Moapa Valley would be the second seed. A Virgin Valley loss would force a tie for third with Del Sol and give the Dawgs the fourth seed with a Bulldog loss.
Both Moapa Valley and Chaparral had a bye last week and were eagerly awaiting the outcome.
Playing a second straight Thursday night game, the Bulldogs came away a winner as they beat the Dragons 52-38.
Once again, it was the Jayden Perkins show! Perkins scored five touchdowns total: three one yarders, a 5 yarder and one from 44 yards. He finished with 147 yards on 17 carries. He caught four passes for a total of 118 yards and threw a touchdown pass of 80 yards.
Virgin Valley scored three touchdowns in the first quarter and three more in the second quarter for a 38-13 lead at halftime.
Del Sol’s Taariq Flowers did his best to keep the Dragons in the game with 22 carries and 350 yards rushing scoring three touchdowns himself.
With the win the Bulldogs will host Pahrump, the fourth seed from the Sunset, on Friday night.
Southern 3A – Sunset
Desert Pines at Western
The Jaguars of Desert Pines destroyed the Western Warriors ending the Warriors season with a 62-0 loss.
The Jaguars scored four touchdowns in the first quarter alone. They added two more in the second for a 42-0 lead at half time and a running clock.
Deandre Newsome returned the opening kick-off 58 yards for a touchdown followed by a 24-yard pass reception for the second Jaguar touchdown. Newsome’s third touchdown came midway through the second quarter on an 18-yard run. Darnell Washington scored two touchdowns on blocked kicks.
Desert Pines finished with just 210 total yards of offense. A total of 85 yards came from running the ball while 131 yards came from passing the ball. Western had a total of 4 yards of offense, 7-yards rushing and -3 yards passing.
Desert Pines will host Del Sol this Friday night.
Mojave at Pahrump Valley
The Trojans made a game out of this one and put a scare into the second place Rattlers by lead ing 18-16 at halftime. That’s when Mojave returned to the field and scored 28 points building a comfortable lead and come home with a 44-34 win and the second seed in the Sunset.
The Trojans threw the ball only three times completing just one pass. They ran the ball 58 times for 329 of the 337 total yards of offense they had.
Pahrump Valley scored first then alternated the next three touchdowns with Mojave. Mojave scored three in a row in the third quarter.
Mojave had 322 yards of total offense, 241 yards were rushing the ball.
Mojave will host Chaparral while Pahrump Valley will travel to Virgin Valley.
Cheyenne at Sunrise Mountain
The Miners qualified for the post season for the second year in a row, as the third seed in the Sunset, with a 26-19 win over Cheyenne
Cheyenne came into the game with just 2 wins, but scored the Miners forcing Sunrise Mountain to come from behind to win the game.
Sunrise Mountain scored first when Trayvon Ward ran a 13-yard touchdown for a lead in the closing minutes of the first half.
Cheyenne’s Anthony Walker caught a 47-yard touchdown pass on the first play of the second quarter from Joshua Rose. Sunrise Mountain lead 7-6 at halftime.
Cheyenne received the second half kickoff and Joshua Washington returned the ball all the way, 89-yards. With the 2-point conversion the Desert Shields lead 14-7 to start the fourth quarter.
Tyree Hayes scored with just over eleven minutes to play in the game but still trailed by a point after the extra point missed.
Five minutes later Ward scored from 9-yards away giving the Miners a 5-point lead after the 2-point conversion failed.
Ward gave the Miners the win with a 4-yard run in the final two minutes.
Cheyenne is finished with their season while Sunrise Mountain will return to Moapa Valley this Friday night.
South Post Season Preview
Sunrise Mntn. at Moapa Valley
This is a rematch of the first game of the season when Sunrise Mountain came with-in a 2-point conversion of the win.
Moapa Valley survived a 13-12 scare led by Derek Reese who scored one of the Pirates two touchdowns with an 82-yard reception. Leo Rios scored the game winner, a 24-yard run with 2:25 to play in the game.
Sunrise is looking for their first win over Moapa Valley ever. The Pirates will be looking to keep their run in the playoffs alive. Game time is 7:00PM on Friday night. This is a game run by the NIAA and no family passes will be accepted. The winner of this game will face the winner of Desert Pines and Del Sol.
Pahrump at Virgin Valley
The Bulldogs get to host a first round game for a second season in a row.
If the Trojans can stop Jayden Perkins, the Dawgs will have a problem with scoring. That is a feat that only one team has done this year: Mojave as they shutout the Bulldogs in Mesquite 26-0 early in the season.
Perkins has 1,375 yards rushing with 17 touchdowns. He has 671 yards receiving with 7 touchdowns.
The winner of this game will play the winner of Mojave and Chaparral who have both given the Dawgs their only losses this year.
Del Sol at Desert Pines
Desert Pines is the only undefeated team in league play in the south. No, they are not the team that has dominated the Sunset over the past three years. They are very good, though. They have outscored their opponents 285-13 with three shutouts. They have 2282 yards of total offense and are led by their defense.
Del Sol is the Taariq Flowers show. He has lead the Dragons with 1419 yards rushing and 13 touchdowns.
Chaparral at Mojave
The Cowboys have been to the state semi-finals the last two seasons and will start this year on the road at a tough Mojave team.
Mojave is having their best year in a while. Tawee Walker is the Mojave offense with 1217 yards rushing scoring 16 touchdowns this year. The Rattlers have ran the ball for 2396 yards and just 374 yards passing.
The Cowboys have TyRay Collins and Sheik Fofanah in the backfield, Collins with 690 yards rushing with 11 touchdowns and Fofanah with 688 yards rushing with 5 touchdowns.
This game will be a battle from start to finish.
The winners of the games will play on Thursday due to Veterans Day next week.
Fernley at Dayton
Fernley won the northern league with a 48-0 win at Dayton and will be the first seed from the north hosting the playoffs through the state finals, if they continue to win. Fernley started the game with three touchdowns in the first quarter followed by two more in the second quarter starting the running clock. They have a nine game winning streak right now and will have a bye this week. They will face the winner of Truckee and South Tahoe next week.
South Tahoe at Truckee
The Wolverines came away with the Sierra Bowl trophy for a second time in two years with a 32-27 win over the Vikings.
On the final play of the game South Tahoe had a chance to win it when their pass fell incomplete in the back of the end zone giving Truckee the win.
They will face each other again this Saturday in Truckee. The winner gets to go to Fernley.
Elko at Spring Creek
Spring Creek won the second seed from the north with a 48-13 win over the Elko Indians ending the Indians’ season. Spring Creek held a 21-0 lead at halftime. Spring Creek will have a bye this week.
Wooster at Sparks
The Railroaders beat the Colts 36-35 to win the final playoff spot in the northern 3A playoffs.
Wooster is finished for the season and with the 3A. They will move up to the 4A next year in football.
Fallon at Lowry
Fallon won the three seed in the north as they beat Lowry 35-26. Lowry has ended their season while Fallon will host Sparks in the first round of the northern playoffs.