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Foothill football: not this year?

Golden Valley has never won a Foothill game and after tonight faces two of the division’s best

Posted: October 28, 2010 10:19 p.m.
Updated: October 29, 2010 4:55 a.m.
 

In two weeks, Golden Valley has stayed competitive in two Foothill League games.

But it still hasn't won one.

The Grizzlies are 0-22 all time against league opponents, but Saugus head coach Jason Bornn isn't thinking about the streak headed into today's 7:30 p.m. matchup between the two teams at College of the Canyons.

"That's stuff for the media and for fans to go ahead and chew on," Bornn said. "For us, it's taking it one week at a time, one practice at a time, one segment at a time, one play at a time."

Golden Valley (3-4, 0-2) had its closest opportunity to date last week in a 21-17 loss to West Ranch. The Grizzlies led up until the Wildcats scored with 50 seconds remaining. They lost 36-23 to Hart the week before.

"We are finding ways to stay winless," said Golden Valley head coach Andy Campbell. "That's the learning curve that comes with building a football program. Once we get the monkey off our back, we can start to see positive things."

Meanwhile, Saugus (4-3, 1-1) was busy knocking off Hart last week in comeback fashion.

The Centurions did it without the services of their starting quarterback and leading rusher in Jared Carbajal, who injured his knee early in a game against Canyon two weeks ago.

If Canyon hadn't scored in the closing seconds of that game, Saugus would be 2-0 in league.

Backup Evan Steen stepped in and led the offense to a 21-14 victory last week after trailing 14-0 at halftime.

"I think he's doing a tremendous job," Bornn said of the senior. "He starts for us on defense at safety and then for him to come in and play another 56 plays on offense after coming in on defense is pretty special."

Steen will get the start again today as Bornn said Carbajal is still undergoing medical evaluation.

On the bright side, tailback Tyler Watt returned from a knee injury of his own two weeks ago and he's played a big role in Saugus' run-heavy offense.

In two games, Watt has gained 217 yards on 45 carries.

"Anytime you have a player the caliber of Tyler stepping in and playing for you, it helps your team," Bornn said. "I think his running and his style of running is very difficult to defend. He's a very physical runner."

Regardless of what type of offense its up against, Campbell said Golden Valley's defense won't hold back when it comes to bringing pressure from all possible angles.

"It's very high risk," Campbell said of his defense. "That was one of the things we talked about at the beginning of the season. It's high risk and it's high reward."

The Grizzlies will be no strangers to facing physical running backs either, as they face two of them in practice every day - Jeff Coprich and Earl Johnson. The backfield duo have combined for 1,481 yards this year.

"I expect them to come in and be very physical with us," Bornn said. "Between Earl and Jeff and (quarterback) Reid (Soliman), they do an outstanding job of just distributing the ball and spreading the ball out."

In recent weeks, the passing game has opened up for Golden Valley with team's keying in on the backs. Soliman has found a favorite target in wide receiver Isa Bey, who has seven touchdown receptions this year.

After today, Golden Valley has Valencia and Canyon remaining on the schedule. Both teams are ranked in the top 10 of the CIF-Southern Section Northern Division.

"We're running out of time to figure things out," Campbell said. "We need to find a way to win pretty soon."

 

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