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Foothill football: Wildcats leave it at almost

Golden Valley nearly wins its first-ever Foothill game

Posted: October 22, 2010 11:13 p.m.
Updated: October 22, 2010 11:13 p.m.

Golden Valley running back Jeff Coprich (4) picks up some yardage in the second quarter on Friday at Valencia High. Coprich rushed for a school-record 202 yards.

Rawston Redick had already done it twice in the game.

He knew one more wouldn’t be a problem Friday night at Valencia High School.

With 50 seconds to play, the sophomore West Ranch wide receiver got open in the corner of the end zone for his third touchdown catch of the night to seal his team’s come-from-behind victory over Golden Valley.

The score put the Wildcats up 21-17 and that held as the final over a dejected Grizzlies team.

“We did not dodge a bullet tonight,” said West Ranch head coach Sean O’Brien. “We just lived.”

West Ranch (4-3, 1-1) trailed 17-14 with 1:58 to play after Golden Valley’s Kosta Mavrakis knocked a 27-yard field goal through the uprights.

All Redick thought about was the fact that the Grizzlies had never won a Foothill League game in their history. He finished with six receptions for 77 yards and the three touchdowns,

“We can’t lose this game,” Redick recalls thinking prior the game-winning drive. “We can’t be the first ones to lose to Golden Valley.”

The offense answered the call.

Quarterback Connor Eichten completed 4-of-5 passes on the drive to move the ball all 65 yards down the field.
“I knew we could do it,” Redick said. “I knew we could beat this team.”

Before kicking the go-ahead field goal, Golden Valley (3-4, 0-2) had a chance to cross the goal line when it had first-and-goal at the 1-yard line. Two plays later from the same spot, tailback Jeff Coprich fumbled the ball on a pitch and ended up losing 12 yards on the play after scrambling to recover it.

Quarterback Reid Soliman’s third-and-goal pass went incomplete and the Grizzlies had to settle for three.

“Chalk it up to whatever you want,” said Golden Valley head coach Andy Campbell of Coprich’s fumble. “The gravitational pull of the moon, if you want to.”

Up to that point, it was a storybook day for Coprich, who gained a school-record 202 yards on 19 carries.

His hard running set up Soliman’s scoring strike to Isa Bey on the first play of the fourth quarter. The team’s first score also went to Bey on a 41-yard halfback pass tossed by Earl Johnson in the closing seconds of the first half. The halftime score was a 7-7 tie.

Both offenses struggled to get much going in the first half.

Before West Ranch’s two scoring drives in the second half, Eichten had difficulty finding open receivers due to heavy pressure. Thanks to 111 second-half yards, he finished 13-for-25 with 154 yards, three touchdowns and an interception thrown to Corey Chaisson.

It was Chaisson’s eighth interception of the season.

“Golden Valley might as well change their mascot and their colors,” O’Brien said. “This is a brand new team. Andy Campbell had done a great job with these guys.”

The score remained at 7-7 until the Grizzlies scored to open the fourth quarter.

Trailing 14-7, West Ranch mixed up the rushing attack by feeding the ball to five different backs throughout the game and responded with an 80-yard scoring drive finished by a 15-yard Redick catch for the score.

His first touchdown, a 6-yard reception, came with a minute remaining in the second quarter.

“Great football game. It came down to the end. We shot ourselves in the foot yet another game,” Campbell said. “We’ve got to find a way turn the corner.”


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