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Grizzlies shut out by Diamondbacks

Golden Valley can’t stop Serrano’s running game

Posted: October 2, 2009 11:32 p.m.
Updated: October 3, 2009 4:55 a.m.
Golden Valley continued to struggle on offense thanks to Serrano's strong defensive effort in a 24-0 loss to the Diamondbacks on Friday at Canyon High.

The Diamondbacks (3-2) entered the game giving up only seven points per contest and controlled the line of scrimmage all night, limiting Golden Valley (0-4) to less that 100 yards of total offense.

Golden Valley head coach Andy Campbell said his team struggled to match the physicality of Serrano, but he also saw signs of improvement heading into Foothill League play, which starts in two weeks.

"You can't really teach kids to be more physical. You just have to let them get out there and get after it against teams like this, and I think we are getting there," Campbell said.

Serrano's offensive performance began with a four-minute, 54-yard drive that featured all rushing plays, including five carries and 47 yards from Dionza Bradford, capped by a three-yard run from Bradford to put the Diamondbacks ahead 7-0 at the 6:04 mark.

Next, Bradford bolted 63-yards on the first play from scrimmage of a second quarter sequence for his second touchdown with 8:12 remaining in the first half.

"We are focused on being as strong of a defensive team as we can be heading into league play, and I think tonight we showed that we really do have the talent to be 5-0 right now instead of where we are," said Serrano head coach Ray Maholchic.

Bradford tallied 128 yards on the ground in the first half alone, and Serrano's Aaron Long knocked home 25-yard field goal to make it 17-0 just before the half.

Serrano scored its third rushing touchdown with 5:25 left in the third, when sophomore Chris Levai scored from 16 yards out.

"We have established our running game this season, but today we were able to move the ball in the air also," Maholchic said, referring to Serrano quarterback Joey Peterson's 212 passing yards.

Golden Valley's biggest play of the game came early in the fourth quarter, when lineman Jordan Cole forced a fumble and linebacker Joe Figueroa recovered on the Grizzlies' 21-yard line to stop a Serrano drive.

Figueroa led Golden Valley with 10 tackles, two of which were solo, while Dylan Olson notched four solo stops and a sack.

Offensively, Andrew Avila ran the ball 18 times for 49 yards and Figueroa notched 23 yards on nine carries.

"Right now, we now we can't do everything at once," Campbell said. "Our main goal is to move forward and improve, and tonight definitely felt like a step toward that goal."


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