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GUNNISON — The Gunnison Bulldogs began region play in the 2A North Region with a 31-7 thumping of the North Sevier Wolves Friday behind quarterback Rylan Anderson, who threw for 199 yards and four touchdowns.
He also rushed for 54 yards on 18 carries.
Gunnison head Coach Yuri Ludvigson was pleased with the win.
"These two teams are much improved from years past," he said. "The score doesn't reflect how close the game was. I think North Sevier and Gunnison will upset some of the teams in the 2A North Region."
Gunnison kicker Diego Gonzales hit a 25-yard field goal in the first quarter to begin the scoring for the Bulldogs. North Sevier answered that score in the second quarter when sophomore running back Brenden Sorensen found the end zone on a 1-yard dive for the Wolves' only score.
Just before halftime, Anderson hit Braden Harris on a 5-yard strike for the Bulldogs first touchdown of the night. The Bulldogs went into halftime with a 10-7 lead.
The second half was a total domination by the Bulldogs as the team scored 21 unanswered points.
North Sevier struggled against defending the pass as the Bulldogs offense opened up with 367 total yards. Colby Caldwell hauled in three touchdown passes for the Bulldogs, and had a total of 115 receiving yards.
Senior defensive back Colton Caldwell led the Bulldogs on defense with seven tackles, while North Sevier Senior tackle Dakota Sorensen led the Wolves with nine.
North Sevier quarterback Joey Edwards went 9-of-30 for 94 yards. Cory Johnson led the Wolves in rushing, picking up 55 hard-fought yards. Mac Porter hauled in seven catches for the Wolves for a total of 85 yards.
The Wolves will have their first home game of the season next Friday evening as they host Emery, while Gunnison will travel to Manti to take on the Templars.