PAROWAN—For the first time since 2008, Gunnison Valley football claimed a win over Parowan, beating the Rams, 41-27, in last Friday’s non-league outing. The last time the Bulldogs beat Parowan was when Rhett Jackson was the coach.
The Gunnison defense held Parowan to a scoreless first half while the Bulldogs put up 21 points going into the locker room at halftime. The Bulldogs scored the first 27 points of the game unanswered.
Junior quarterback Tyson Tucker completed 9 of 16 passes for 182 yards and three touch- downs. Senior Bryson Sorensen was the golden target, catching three passes for 90 yards, and all three of his catches were for touchdowns.
The Bulldogs hammered the Parowan defense on the ground, netting 237 total rushing yards. Both Tucker and senior Tyrek Hopkins got into the endzone. Along with a great passing game, the Bulldogs intercepted the ball three times, as Sorensen, senior Brogan Christensen and junior Andres Valencia each picked off one of the Rams’ passes.
Coach Patrick King said his team often attacks defenses by exploiting the defense’s weak- nesses. When Parowan adjusted to stop the run, Gunnison threw the ball, and visa versa.
“Our run game opens up our pass(es) as our pass game opens up our run,”CoachPatrickKing said.
King said a key in the game was when, with about 3 minutes left in the half, the team played with the intent to steal a possession.
“We did that with Valencia’s interception, which set up our third score before the half,” King said. “Going up 21-0 at halftime was a huge deal.”
With the win, the Bulldogs upgrade their record to 3-1 in what is looking to be a promising season for the Bulldogs.
The Bulldogs travel to Grand County to confront the Red Devils in a non-league out- ing on Friday. The Red Devils go into the game with a record of 2-2.
“This week is critical that we play our gaps and not get lost in the misdirection of the Grand plays,” King said.