Two games into the new season and the Kanab Cowboys have yet to find the end zone, even though the offense played much better than in their opener. They did get close to scoring a couple times last Friday night in Mesquite, but came up short, losing their second game 16-0.

“We’re getting better,” said head coach Bucky Orton to his troops after game. He stressed the need to get better each game and put the onus on the seniors to lead the team. Orton added, “We’re only going as far as you seniors lead us. It’s up to you.”

However, Orton was not pleased with the final six minutes of the game. He told his squad, “You guys played hard for three and a half quarters, but I was not pleased with your effort at the end of the game. You gave up. We can’t do that. We need you to play hard every down for four quarters.”

Kanab did play better than in their opener against San Juan. The offense gained 162 yards of total offense. The ran for 75 yards, led by senior Kyle Livingston, who had 63 yards on 12 carries. Jared Southwick picked up 28 yards on three carries.

Sophomore quarterback Brandon Jenson had better protection this week, completing six of 18 passes for 87 yards. He was sacked three times for 22 yards in losses.

The big play of the night was a 56 yard throw to Cody Barber on a nice post pattern. Unfortunately, he was dragged down on the Bulldog 16 yard line. On the next play, Jared Southwick ran hard for eight yards. Kanab now faced a second and two on the Virgin Valley eight yard line. After one incompletion into the end zone, Jenson was picked off by cornerback Colton Jensen to end their best scoring threat. This came with just 2:13 left in the third quarter, and the score still 8-0.

Kanab’s other chance to get into the end zone came late in the second quarter. After allowing Virgin Valley to go 92 yards on 23 plays, a scoring drive which lasted 12 minutes and 14 seconds, the Cowboys started on their own 35 yard line. With only 2:24 left in the first half, Kanab quickly drove down to the 13 yard line of the Bulldogs before Jenson was intercepted in the end zone once again, this time by Daniel Gleave.

The big plays on this drive were a 21 yard gallop by Southwick, a 10 yard run up the middle by Livingston and a seven yard pass play from Jensen to wide receiver Kyson McBride.

The defense also played well, though Virgin Valley wasn’t as good as San Juan. The Bulldogs led 8-0 after scoring late in the second quarter, then added an insurance TD with 3:02 left in the game on a 23 yard pass from quarterback Humberto Urias to Gleave to make the final 16-0.

Virgin Valley ran for 212 yards on 46 carries, led by their shifty QB Urias, who picked up 113 yards on 19 carries. Urias also completed four of 10 passes for 44 yards and one touchdown.

This week, the Cowboys travel to Salina for a game against the North Sevier Wolves, with kickoff set for 7 p.m.