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Golden Valley looks for answers in loss

Posted: September 17, 2009 11:22 p.m.
Updated: September 18, 2009 4:55 a.m.

Despite a dynamite performance by junior quarterback Andrew Avila, Golden Valley fell 23-13 to Santa Paula Thursday at Harry Welch Stadium.

It was a marked improvement from the 36-0 loss the Grizzlies (0-2) suffered to Royal in their season opener last week.

“We’re still trying to find out who we are right now,” said Golden Valley first-year head coach Andy Campbell. “That has everything to do with a new coach, it has everything to do with a new program. Eventually, we will make it happen.”

Avila, celebrating his 17th birthday, rushed 22 times for 161 yards to lead the Grizzlies.

He ran for two touchdowns, including a 40-yard blast on fourth down in the first quarter, and carried eight times for 64 yards on Golden Valley’s other scoring drive late in the fourth.

“We think he’s one of the more dynamic players in the league, so we obviously just want to try to get the ball in the playmaker’s hands,” Campbell said. “When the play breaks down, there’s nobody we’d rather have the ball.”

Junior running back/defensive back Corey Chaisson had seven carries for 48 yards and an interception for the Grizzlies. Senior running back/middle linebacker Joseph Figueroa added 51 yards on 10 carries.

Golden Valley completed only one pass on the night, a 64-yard strike from senior Jimmy Hughes to senior Joseph Darko.

“Overall, I was happy with the defense,” said Santa Paula head coach Teohua Sanchez. “On offense, we’re still sputtering. We have to fine tune a lot more.”

Senior wide receiver Ivan Ledezma caught five passes 123 yards and a touchdown for the Cardinals (1-1). He also returned a kickoff 96 yards for a touchdown on the first play of the second half to give Santa Paula a 17-7 lead.

Senior kicker Kelsey Gonzalez made the PAT in the first quarter, becoming the first female to record a point in Golden Valley history.

Chaisson suffered an asthma attack after his interception. Two fire trucks and ambulance arrived on the scene shortly after the game ended.



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