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Turnabout is not fair play

Grizzlies fail to capitalize

Posted: September 26, 2008 11:20 p.m.
Updated: November 28, 2008 5:00 a.m.

Golden Valley senior wideout Bino Horne takes off after catching a pass in the first quarter against the Camarillo Scorpions on Friday evening.

Golden Valley's defense recovered three fumbles and intercepted two passes in Friday night's game at Harry Welch Stadium on the Canyon High campus.

Normally, that leads to a victory for most high school football teams, but not this time.

The Grizzlies (2-2) made three turnovers of their own, only gained 62 yards and picked up five first downs in a 28-0 loss to Camarillo (1-2) in nonleague play.

The defeat prevented the first 3-1 start in the Grizzlies' history, after their first 2-1 start.

"We didn't play that well on offense," said Golden Valley head coach Steve Pinkston. "It was a lot of little things. We were getting beat up front, we'd miss a few of our reads. The kids played really hard."

The series that put the entire game in a nutshell occurred early in the fourth quarter.

Grizzlies cornerback Bino Horne stepped in front of a pass thrown right in front of the Scorpions' sideline by Jeff Mathews. Horne caught it at the Grizzlies' own 4-yard line, sprinted past the 50, turned to his right and was tackled at the Camarillo 40.

It was one of the only times the Grizzlies were in Scorpion territory. Justin Oden, who only attempted five passes, was picked off on fourth-and-10.

"They were playing on a short field," Pinkston said of Golden Valley's defense. "We forced what, six or seven turnovers? They were a better team than us."

Camarillo put the game away by scoring three touchdowns within the first 15 minutes.

With 7:02 left in the first quarter, quarterback Jeff Mathews flipped a 10-yard pass to a wide-open Charles Baca.

Five minutes later, Baca caught a 4-yard touchdown.

Tailback Geoff Lockley punched one in for a 1-yard TD for a 21-0 lead with 9:11 left in the second quarter.

Mathews, who finished the day 22-of-39 with 295 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions, was 10-for-13 with 151 yards in the first half. Baca caught nine passes for 126 yards.

"They played a soft Cover 2 defense," Mathews said. "Their corners played eight yards off the line of scrimmage. I think our wide receivers do a good job of finding the spots in the zone."

Jon Schlegel, CJ Mundy and Chris Jose each recovered one fumble for GVHS. Horne picked off both passes.

Schlegel was one of the top gainers on offense, with four receptions and 36 yards.

"We put our helmet on the ball when they ran it against us," Schlegel said. "It's just good, fundamental football."

Golden Valley did not get a rushing first down until 4:26 left in the third quarter, a four-yard gain by Richard Sarabia.


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