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Sun Devils top Bulldogs to wrap up Mojave River League title


Apple Valley’s Damian Guillen is lifted into the air by Isaiah Mendoza after scoring a touchdown against Oak Hills on Saturday, April 10, 2021. The Sun Devils won 35-7.

The Apple Valley football team dominated its way to winning the program’s second-ever Mojave River League title.

The Sun Devils defeated the Oak Hills 35-7 on Saturday morning, handing the Bulldogs the biggest league loss in program history. 

This was no different for Apple Valley, who finished 4-0 in MRL action with a 179-21 point differential. Apple Valley last won the MRL title in 2017. 

Apple Valley’s Ethan Peratt celebrates after a drive-ending defensive stop against Oak Hills on Saturday, April 10, 2021. The Sun Devils won 35-7 to claim the Mojave River League title.

“This is a testament to the senior class. We rode with them, piggy-backed off of them, even as a coaching staff,” first-year Apple Valley head coach Kyle Godfrey said. “Their mindset the entire year was to dominate every opponent that we came across and we talked about it and they acted on it.” 

Overall, this is Apple Valley’s third league title in program history and the coaches proclaimed after the game that this team is the greatest team the school has ever fielded. Statement wins over both Oak Hills and Serrano, the two usual powerhouses of the MRL, may have proven that. 

“Serrano and Oak Hills have that prestige, that aura around them. We wanted to take that away and our goal was to make Apple Valley that,” Godfrey said. 

Apple Valley’s Jayden Max Denegal attempts to elude Oak Hills’ Rickylee Medina during their game Saturday, April 10, 2021.

The Sun Devils set the tone early at Bulldog Stadium. Apple Valley started the game with the ball and ran 13 consecutive run plays to much success. Those running plays, plus three offsides penalties drawn by a hard-count, fueled the Sun Devils drive down the field. 

Junior quarterback Jayden Max Denegal finished the drive with a 14-yard scramble touchdown to cap the 11-minute opening drive.  

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