League: Class 3A Sunrise
Head coach: Yori Ludvigson, fourth season (17-12)
2016 record: 9-2 (4-0 Sunrise League, first)
Returning lettermen: Nine
Returning starters: Three offense, three defense
Base offensive set: Pro, Spread, I-Formation
Base defensive set: 4-3, 5-2
Top offensive players: RB Jayden Perkins (Sr); QB Cade Anderson (Sr.); OL Dayton Payne (Sr.); OL Taua Fiso (So.)
Top defensive players: LB Cresent Crandall (Sr.); DE Timmy Moaie (Sr.); LB Jayden Perkins
Top newcomers: OL/DL Jeremy Perkins (So.); DB/WR Easton Jensen (Sr.)
Key losses: QB Hogan Fowles; DL/OL Chase Henderson; DL/OL Jaden Dalton
Outlook: After winning their first league title since 2007, the Bulldogs were upset — 34-16 to Chaparral — last season in the Class 3A state quarterfinals.
Despite losing 28 seniors from that team, Virgin Valley should again compete in the Sunrise League. The Bulldogs return one of the state’s top two-way players in Perkins, who rushed for 1,369 yards and 18 touchdowns and was a standout linebacker.
“The team has worked hard in the weight room and offseason,” Ludvigson said. “If we stay healthy and stay together, if could be a special year.”