The Kanab Cowboys showed Virgin Valley that speed, finesse and execution can beat size and power as they dismantled the Bulldogs last Friday night 35-23. Virgin Valley boasted no less than 15 players on their roster weighing over 200 pounds, including 6’3” 245 pound fullback Zach Horlacher. Kanab does not have one player on their squad that weighs 200 pounds. The game wasn’t even as close as the final score would indicate, as coach Bucky Orton let his second string offense and defense play most of the fourth quarter. Virgin Valley scored two touchdowns in the final 3:51 to narrow the gap.

Kanab senior quarterback Craig Brinkerhoff led the offensive attack for the Cowboys, running for two touchdowns and throwing for three scores. Coach Orton was pleased with Brinkerhoff’s performance, “Craig played a heck of a game. He looked over the whole field and found the open man. He didn’t force any passes. He took whatever the defense gave him. He did a much better job than last week’s game with San Juan.”

Brinkerhoff led the team in rushing with 120 yards on four carries, and two TD’s. He completed nine of 16 passes for 106 yards and three touchdowns.

Orton was quick to point out after the game that everyone on the team contributed to the win.

The defense was led by Stetson Crandall, who made 10 tackles, including nine in the first half.

   Kanab got on the scoreboard first on an eight yard TD pass from Brinkerhoff to Kade Quarnberg. The score, at 5:47, was the only score of the first quarter. The drive started on the Bulldog 47 yard line, thanks to a fumble recovery by Justin Orton. The big play was a 24 yard completion from Brinkerhoff to Orton, converting a fourth down and 14 from the 34.

Virgin Valley took the lead on the first play of the second period. Facing a third and 14, the Bulldogs executed a screen pass perfectly, and Horlacher ran over three Cowboys on his way to a 39 yard score. A two-point conversion pass made the score 8-6.

 Their lead was short-lived however, as Brinkerhoff took the very first play after the kickoff the distance. The play, a quart-erback draw out of the shotgun, covered 60 yards for a 12-8 Kanab lead. 

   The Cowboys upped their lead on a 16 yard pass from Brinkerhoff to Justin Orton with 6:38 left until the half. A two-point conversion pass from Brinkerhoff to Rhees Jackson made it 20-8.

Following a pass interference call on Kanab, Virgin Valley tacked on a 32 yard field goal on the last play of the half to make the score 20-11 at the break.

Kanab took the second half kickoff and drove 80 yards on nine plays to score. Another QB draw by Brinkerhoff covered the final 15 yards. The other big play on the drive was a 35 yard scamper by Brinkerhoff. Orton ran in the two-point conversion and the Cowboys led 28-11.

With 1:32 left in the third quarter, Brinkerhoff hooked up with playmaker Orton on a 45 yard pass for another score. A Cody Barber extra point kick made it 35-11.

With 3:51 left in the game, Virgin Valley scored on a 17 yard pass play from sophomore QB Humberto Urias to Branson Cohen. The extra point kick was blocked and Kanab led 35-17.

After a Cowboy punt was blocked, the Bulldogs scored once more, this time with :25 left on a QB scramble from six yards out to make the final score 35-23.

This week, the Kanab Varsity team hosts the Dixie High School JV squad. The game is on Thursday, instead of Friday, with kickoff set for 7 p.m. at Arlyn Hafen Stadium.