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Grizz look to limit errors

Posted: September 16, 2009 9:38 p.m.
Updated: September 17, 2009 4:55 a.m.
 
Golden Valley is looking to rebound from a season-opening loss today when it faces Santa Paula at 7 p.m. at Canyon High School.

The Grizzlies (0-1) were shut out in a 36-0 loss to Royal that got out of hand early.

“We’ve got to get rid of some of our bad habits,” said Grizzlies head coach Andy Campbell.

Turnovers and missed assignments left a young Grizzlies squad down 29-0 at the half, but the loss was an experience Campbell hopes his team can learn from.

“We learned who we can count on ... and ultimately what it takes (to win) and why we prepare as much as we do,” Campbell said.

Santa Paula head coach Teohua Sanchez said due to his offensive unit’s inexperience, he will lean heavily on his defense to pace the game.

A squad with experience issues similar to Golden Valley, the Cardinals (0-1) return only five starters from a team that finished 8-3 and won the Frontier League championship a season ago.

The Cardinals dropped their home opener 37-20 to Whittier Christian.

The team took a 20-12 lead into the third quarter but its offense began to falter, and turnovers limited the team to less than eight minutes of possession in the second half.

“We played horribly offensively,” Sanchez said. “But what hurt us the most was our penalties. We amassed over 150 yards of penalties.”

Both teams will get a chance to learn from last week’s mistakes tonight.

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