With a beautiful red rock background and vendors selling jewelry to tourists from all over the world, they probably didn’t notice the football game between the Monument Valley Cougars and Pinon Eagles. They probably didn’t notice that the Cougars dominated the game with a 30-6 halftime lead enroute to a 50-12 win.
Doing a lot of damage for the Cougars is junior fullback Josh Nelson, who racked up 186 yards and two touchdowns. Not to be outdone, junior Vondrew Denny had 176 yards rushing and 48 yard receiving, including a touchdown.
“These two workhorses are our Go To Guys,” said Head Coach Jim Dandy Jr., “We are still a young team and still play an independent status, but we hear talk the Region 19 might be changed into a true 1A league.
Monument Valley and Whitehorse will probably go back into Region 19, and a chance to play post season games in the state playoffs.”
Slotback Devon Denny also had a profitable afternoon, with 190 yards rushing, 42 yards receiving and one touchdown. Another slotback, Danner June, racked up 105 yards rushing, 28 yards receiving and one touchdown. Marvin Bedoni, wide receiver and second string quarterback, had 24 yards receiving and one touchdown. McGavin Blackgoat got the fans on the feet by blocking a punt, resulting in a touchdown.
Coach Dandy has 22 players. Helping with defense is his younger brother, Coach Nate Dandy. Powers Whiskers, automobile teacher, is also helping to coach.
This week the Cougars are idle but the next big test is against Grand County JV on Saturday September 20 at 1 p.m. in Moab. This will set the tone for the rest of the season.