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Grizzlies stopped going for win on PAT

Posted: September 10, 2010 11:35 p.m.
Updated: September 11, 2010 4:55 a.m.

Golden Valley’s Earl Johnson gets hit by Royal’s Ethan Lavoie on Friday at Canyon High.

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Golden Valley went for it.

With 19.3 seconds left in their game Friday night at Harry Welch Stadium and the Grizzlies trailing by one point after a touchdown, they chose to attempt a two-point conversion and grab the win from Royal of Simi Valley.

Unfortunately for Golden Valley, Earl Johnson's run was stopped short of the end zone and the Grizzlies lost 20-19.

"We didn't come to tie, we came to win," said Golden Valley head coach Andy Campbell.

Despite the outcome, Campbell doesn't regret his decision.

"Those scenarios don't come up very often and you have to take advantage of them," Campbell said. "That's how you get to be a better football team."

Royal head coach Kevin Flye said he probably would have made the same decision.

"They had the momentum going," Flye said.

Quarterback Reid Soliman said he didn't regret his coach's decision, just the outcome.

"I agreed with him," Soliman said. "I thought we should go for the win."

Losing such a close contest, however, didn't sit well with Soliman.

"It's the worst thing you can imagine - to get that close and score, and then lose by one point," Soliman said.

Trailing 20-13 with 3:39 left in the game, the Grizzlies launched a 78-yard drive, fueled by Johnson's six carries for 43 yards. Johnson scored the touchdown on a 1-yard run.

The Grizzlies scored in the first quarter after Brett Melton recovered a fumble from Royal's Kyle Gauthier and ran it 54 yards for the touchdown.

The point after attempt was wide and the Grizzlies led 6-0.

That was Gauthier's only misstep, as he led all rushers with 28 carries for 181 yards, including an 11-yard touchdown run.

"He's a good running back," Flye said. "We knew we could run the ball."

The Highlanders also got a touchdown from Keith Langley who ran back a kickoff 85 yards.

Royal kicker Alex Wardle hit two field goals of 38 and 29 yards.

The Grizzlies trailed 20-6 with 9:26 left in the game when Jeff Coprich ran 52 yards to set up his own 7-yard touchdown run.

Christian Lozano converted the point after to close the gap to 20-13.

Coprich had 11 carries for 111 yards and Johnson finished the night with 69 yards on nine carries.

Soliman was 11-of-19 for 112 yards.

Royal quarterback Zach Collins was 17-of-24 for 162 yards.



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