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GV tries to get it right

Posted: September 24, 2009 9:31 p.m.
Updated: September 25, 2009 4:55 a.m.
The first two games of the season haven't gone the way Golden Valley would have liked.

But for head coach Andy Campbell, it's all part of taking the program in a new direction.

"We're still trying to find out who we are and what we do," he said. "Incremental success builds off itself."

After dropping a 23-13 decision to Santa Paula last week, the Grizzlies (0-2) travel to face Camarillo (1-1) today.

The Scorpions lost by 13 points to Newbury Park in their opener, but came back to throttle Agoura 49-14 last Friday.

Camarillo quarterback Jeff Mathews is a 6-foot-4-inch, 230-pound passer who has thrown for 322 yards and four touchdowns in the first two games.

"They're going to threaten our pass coverage," Campbell said. "They've got a very strong-armed quarterback. They've got fast skill guys. We're hoping to get better on the defensive line and in our stunts and blitz schemes."

Senior wide receiver Ryan Molesworth is one of those targets. He has caught all four of Mathews' touchdown passes and has 15 total catches for 163 yards.

Fellow senior wideout Chase Tackett has six catches for 66 yards.

Junior tailback Ossie Toc has 31 carries for 266 yards and three touchdowns through the first two games.

Campbell was happy with the progress of Golden Valley's running game, which has been keyed by quarterback Andrew Avila, who has 83 rushing yards this season.

"Andrew is a dual-threat," Campbell said. "We didn't want to paint ourselves in a corner. He's got a lot of skills."

After leading the Foothill League in total tackles last season, linebacker Joseph Figueroa leads the Grizzlies with 15 tackles, and his play on defense will be important in slowing down Camarillo.

The Scorpions have averaged six wins a year for the last five seasons, and the challenge should help Golden Valley improve.

"The biggest improvement is us trying to find out who we are," Campbell said. "We've been finding out more and more about ourselves as a team and as a family."


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