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Golden Valley just short against Royal

Golden Valley misses potential game-winning field goal

Posted: September 6, 2013 11:32 p.m.
Updated: September 6, 2013 11:32 p.m.

Taking a 13-point lead into the fourth quarter, the Golden Valley Grizzlies looked well on their way to the first 2-0 start in team history.

Led by running back River Meza, Royal of Simi Valley had other ideas, as they scored 14 unanswered points to outlast the Grizzlies by a score of 28-27 at Royal High School.

With neither team being able to move the ball through the air, the game was a battle of runningbacks and Meza sparkled, even when the Grizzlies knew the ball was going his way. The 5-foot-8 junior carried the rock an astounding 35 times for 291 yards and scored all four Royal touchdowns, helping the Highlanders upend Golden Valley for the fifth straight season.

After falling behind 7-0 early in the second quarter, the Grizzlies offense finally got going and twice took a two score lead, thanks in large part to the efforts of running back Terry Tamura, who carried the ball 16 times for 184 yards and two scores.

The Grizzlies mistakes were aplenty however, as they committed 11 penalties for 110 total yards, including five personal fouls, botched an extra point and missed a 26-yard field goal with just over three minutes left that would have given them the lead back.

Even after the missed field goal, the Golden Valley defense was able to force a three-and-out and give their offense the ball back with over a minute left on the clock. Quarterback Robert Phillips, who finished the night 5-for-13 for 96 yards and a score, missed on his next four attempts, however, and sealed the loss.

Golden Valley Head Coach Robert Fisher was mum after the game, “We just made mistakes and they found ways to capitalize on those mistakes at very important times.”


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