Region 9 football: Falcons encouraged despite loss in Nevada

MESQUITE, Nev. – The Canyon View Falcons played a hard-fought road game against the Virgin Valley Bulldogs in Mesquite, but could not come away with the win, falling 31-12.

First-year Falcons head coach Skyler Miller did not seem concerned, saying that his team is still learning.

“Tonight we believed and finished the fight with great vigor,” he said. “Our effort tonight was tremendous. We just have to sustain those emotions so we don’t burn out in the beginning and run out of gas at the end.”

He said that him and his staff teach their players to make good choices off the field, and that will eventually help them out on the field.

No stats were reported on the game for the Falcons, but Tyler Wilson was a big target in the game, as he hauled in a 31-yard touchdown pass in tight coverage from Colten Shumway, according to sources at the game.

The Falcons at Region 9 Media Day.

For the Bulldogs, it was a huge night for running back Jayden Perkins. The senior rushed for 128 yards and a touchdown, and also caught four passes, three of which went for TDs. He ended up with 168 receiving yards in the game.

Perkins’ first score came in the first quarter on a short run. He then caught a 48-yard screen pass that made it 12-0 in the second quarter.

That was the score at halftime, but the Bulldogs increased the lead to 18-0 in the third on Perkins’ biggest play of the night,a 70-yard rush to the end zone.

Hunter Anderson ran one in for Canyon View to cut it to 18-6, but the Falcons would get no closer as Perkins and company pulled away for the win.

Canyon View is a tough and resilient team. If all the players can buy into coach Miller’s system, they can be a hard team to face.

“We don’t want to single out any one player,” Miller said. “Each player is doing everything they can. We don’t preach a single player. It’s a team philosophy.”

Canyon View, 0-2, will play next week against Timpanogos in Cedar City at 7 p.m.

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