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April 17, 2014

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Virgin Valley gets back on winning track

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Virgin Valley High of Mesquite football players (from left) Dee Bowler, Garrett Leavitt, Beau Leavitt, Dillon Graves and Devonte Milligan before the 2013 season.

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Las Vegas Sun sports reporters Ray Brewer and Case Keefer preview the two biggest games of the week, Desert Pines at Moapa Valley and Green Valley at Canyon Springs. Keefer also takes amusement at Brewer's yearning for the old days before spread offenses overtook the football landscape.

Virgin Valley was in desperate need of some momentum.

The Bulldogs dropped back-to-back games, and needed to get back on the winning track.

Virgin Valley got what it was looking for against Sunrise Mountain, pulling off a 60-28 victory.

“It’s nice to get a win,” Virgin Valley coach Chris Sawyers said. “It gets us back into a rhythm, puts smiles on our kids’ faces and gets them rejuvenated.”

Virgin Valley (7-2, 3-2 Division I-A Sunrise) is set to travel to Mojave in the first round of the playoffs. The two teams met last season at Mojave, and the Bulldogs prevailed with a 26-20 victory in overtime.

“We definitely respect them,” Sawyers said. “We’re going to prepare well and try and get a win.”

Quarterback Garrett Leavitt threw for 211 yards on 8-of-12 passing with four touchdowns against the Miners (1-8, 0-5). He tossed two to Dillon Graves, who only caught two passes for 70 yards.

Dee Bowler had an efficient game, rushing for 26 yards and two touchdowns on four carries. He also caught a touchdown pass.

Devonte Milligan led the way in receiving with 81 yards, while Tony Urais caught a 43-yard touchdown pass.

With is team finding its offensive rhythm all over again, Sawyers said he believes his team can make a run for a state championship.

“We just have to play better,” he said. “Everyone is 0-0 now. It’s nice for us to get healthy and get on the winning road.”

Paul Delos Santos can be reached at 990-2416 or mail to [email protected] Follow Paul on Twitter at twitter.com/pauliedelos

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