weather icon Clear

PHOTOS: Trojans strong in 2nd half, but fall to Valley Virgin 56-38

The Pahrump Valley High School Trojans hosted the Virgin Valley Bulldogs on Thursday in a game that was ultimately decided in the second half.

The Trojans started with the ball and put together a decent drive to open the game but failed to convert on 4th and 1, giving the Bulldogs the ball.

The Bulldogs wasted no time gashing the Pahrump Valley defense with huge gains in the ground game before finally cashing in on a pass over the middle for a touchdown making the score 7-0.

Costly interception

Back with the ball the Trojans had a costly interception which went the other way for 6 points. PVHS would end up blocking the extra-point attempt, however, keeping the score at 13-0.

The first-half struggles continued for the Pahrump Valley offense and by the end of the first quarter, Virgin Valley drove down the field again.

Second-quarter battle

To start the second quarter the Bulldogs struck fast with a passing touchdown on the left side of the field. To make up for the blocked extra-point attempt on the last drive, the Bulldogs faked a field goal making the score 21-0.

The rest of the second quarter played out with both defenses getting stops, capped off with the Pahrump Valley defense making a goal-line stand with 2 minutes to go.

While the offense could not convert, this stop was something the team could take with them going into halftime.

Virgin Valley ended up with the ball back and was able to punch it in one last time in the first-half with less than a minute to go. The Bulldogs led 28-0.

At the start of the second half things felt more of the same with Virgin Valley driving down the field and putting up another touchdown, making the score 35-0.

Offensive answer

PVHS would finally answer on offense, putting up their first touchdown of the game, and subsequent 2-point conversion, with 5 minutes to go in the quarter and the Bulldogs leading 35-8.

Virgin Valley responded with a touchdown of their own with a minute to go in the third making the score 42-8.

Touchdown for touchdown

In the fourth, Pahrump Valley would pick up where they left off in the third quarter scoring another touchdown and 2-point conversion.

But the Bulldogs again answered with a touchdown of their own to make the score 49-16.

The Trojans went on for two touchdowns and 2-point conversions to get within 17 points of Virgin Valley with a score of 49-32.

But the Bulldogs found the endzone one last time to make it 56-32.

With 1:30 left in the game the Trojans scored their last touchdown but failed to land the 2-point conversion. After a late game on-side kick that ended in a PVHS turnover the final score would have the Trojans fall short despite their fourth quarter rally by a score of 56-38.

Coach reacts

Despite the loss, Pahrump Valley head coach Thom Walker said his team found its groove going into the second half.

“We said the score is 0-0, come out and play hard, and I thought the boys responded well,” Walker said “Our offense is starting to click. We are scoring points but nowhere where we should be, but to put a half together like that is huge, something to build on.”

When asked about how to carry this second-half performance on to the next week Walker said, there’s “huge momentum.”

“We just need to shore up some of our little problems and we’ll be fine,” he said.

Injured QB

Starting quarterback Jace Wulfenstein went down with an injury in the first half but sophomore Kayne Horibe came in and got two touchdowns through the air for the Trojans. Austin Sandoval recorded 19 tackles on defense. Brennan Benedict carried the ball 12 times for 54 yards.

Pahrump Valley will be back at home on Sept. 22 where they will host Mater Academy East at 7 p.m.

Don't miss the big stories. Like us on Facebook.
Football: Tonopah Muckers starting 3-0

Ottesons leading the school’s football team to a three-game winning streak. Here’s what’s ahead.

SPORTSMAN’S QUEST: Our hunting heritage, culture and traditions

Columnist Dan Simmons just returned to Pahrump from a homecoming trip to British Columbia, Canada and was reminded that many in northern communities continue to be financially and culturally dependent on subsistence hunting and fishing, as were our American families in the not-too-distant past.

Look ahead: Muckers’ football season

Tonopah head coach Duffy Otteson is looking to get his team back into the playoffs after having a down season in 2022, finishing third in the 1A Central league at 2-7.

Trojans win season opener

All eyes in Southern Nevada were focused on weather apps beginning Friday night and throughout the weekend.

Here’s how Pahrump Valley girls soccer team stacks up this season

The Pahrump Valley girls soccer team will kick off their season this weekend with a 2-day tournament in Spring Creek, Nevada. First-year head coach Amy Carlson will be leading the Lady Trojans on the field this season.

10 bowl perfect games — but Karen Foreman takes 500 Club

Foreman ran away with the top spot in the division at the Pahrump Nugget, finishing with 959 total points. She bowled games of 253, 300 and 280, and had a handicap score of 126 points.

Deep dive into Pahrump’s football schedule

The Pahrump Valley football team is preparing for their first live action against another team in a scrimmage against the Cheyenne Desert Shield.