The Spring Mountain football team traveled to a snowy Virginia City and held the Muckers scoreless through the final three quarters Saturday to win, 38-13, and advance to the Division IV state championship.
"Spring Mountain's defense did one heck of a job," Virginia City coach Ron Presley said. "Their defensive line was pushing our offensive line around a little bit, that was the difference in the game."
Eagles junior defensive end Josh Banasiak led the charge, tacking on 31/2 of Spring Mountain's six sacks on Muckers senior quarterback Wyatt Hudson.
Banasiak's effort totaled a loss of 35 yards for Virginia City, which lost 55 yards total because of the sacks.
"I'd just like to thank the whole team because without them, I really wouldn't be anything," Banasiak said. "We just showed how much heart we have and did what we had to do to get the state final."
Hudson finished with fewer than 100 yards passing, though he had zero interceptions and one short touchdown pass.
"We just didn't have time to pass, and if you don't have time, it's hard to pass," Presley said. "We had receivers open but couldn't get the ball there."
The lone touchdown pass for the Muckers came on a 6-yard strike to senior running back Kregg Lemon, who also added 14 rushes for 65 yards and another touchdown.
The pass gave Virginia City its only lead of the game, 7-0, with 8 minutes, 53 seconds left in the first quarter.
"Kregg Lemon is probably one of the hardest working kids you'll see," Presley said. "He works in the offseason and all season long, so he deserves all the accolades you can give him."
Virginia City's hopes of facing Pahranagat Valley in the Div. IV state final next Saturday were smashed, but Presley had nothing but optimism for the team after the game.
"This is the best season that this school has ever had," Presley said. "We've only been in existence since 2007, so to be here this quick is a tribute to these kids."