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GV earns split

Grizzlies' first-team offense sharp in passing league

Posted: July 7, 2009 9:16 p.m.
Updated: July 8, 2009 4:55 a.m.

Golden Valley junior Paul Reese, left, is congratulated by teammates after catching a touchdown pass against Highland High of Palmdale in a passing tournament held on Tuesday at Golden Valley High.

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The Golden Valley varsity football team looked sharp in splitting a doubleheader passing tournament against Highland of Palmdale Tuesday afternoon at Golden Valley High School.

“I feel really well,” said Golden Valley head coach Andy Campbell. “We want to find the right pieces to the puzzle and we’re trying to make them mesh.”

The Grizzlies won the first game 14-12, and dropped the second game 14-2, although each team interchanged reserves and junior varsity players in the second contest.

Golden Valley gradually improved in the opener, especially on offense. After the unit came out flat and the Grizzlies fell behind 12-0 early, quarterback Jimmy Hughes and his receivers began picking apart the Highland defense.

On Golden Valley’s fourth series, Hughes floated a jump ball to the back of the end zone in the direction of Paul Reese, who snagged it out of the air for the Grizzlies’ first touchdown.

A couple series later, Golden Valley had the ball inside Highland’s 5-yard line, and Hughes found Andrew Avila for the second touchdown after Avila broke left and away from the defensive back.

Golden Valley’s defense came up big on the next series. Dylan Olson picked off a pass that had been deflected, giving his team the winning two points.

At the passing league, the teams lined up on a 40-yard field plus the end zone with seven players per side. They received six points for a touchdown and two points for an interception.

“We’re exactly where we need to be,” Campbell said. “We just hope it shows out here.”

After a 10-minute break, the two teams squared off again. Hughes threw an impressive pump-fake early on and hit a streaking Olson down the right sideline, but the Grizzlies would come up empty on offense the entire game.

Highland’s offense began to click and scored its first touchdown midway through the second game. The Bulldogs added another touchdown and an interception, while Golden Valley’s two points came off a pick.

The Grizzlies got a boost of adrenaline thanks to a big hit by Derek Googe, who floored a Highland receiver while he was trying to make a catch.

Golden Valley will get another shot at Highland on Thursday, and Campbell said the next couple days will show his players what practice will be like during the regular season.

“In the grand scheme of things, we want kids to get the idea of breaking down film,” he said. “Film is valuable, and right now we just have to get that message to the kids.”

jgulino@the-signal.com

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