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Golden Valley football: Final learning experience

Grizzlies look to bounce back from last week’s loss to Notre Dame

Posted: October 6, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: October 6, 2011 1:55 a.m.

Simi Valley quarterback Jake Maranto, left, is sacked in the first quarter by Golden Valley’s Kyle Crossley (25) and Enrique Coti at Canyon High School on Sept. 3.

This season has been full of learning experiences for Golden Valley football.

The training is almost complete.

After what was perhaps the team’s biggest learning experience last week in a 42-0 loss to Notre Dame of Sherman Oaks, the Grizzlies (1-3) have one more chance to right the ship before the opening of Foothill League play on Oct. 14.

They’ll try to apply what they’ve learned against San Marino at 7 p.m. today at Canyon High School.

“(We learned) what disciplined football means, what effort means, what toughness means,” Fisher said of the Notre Dame game. “Things we’ve been working on for the last two months.”

Golden Valley’s troubles a week ago stemmed from an inability to stop Notre Dame’s balanced rushing attack, and it has a new challenge in San Marino running back Kwame Do just six days later.

“It helped that we had (Monday and Tuesday) off school as we were able to spend a lot more time on football and fixing some things we’ve been struggling with,” Fisher said of the short week.

Do, along with wide receiver Manny Vargas, lead an athletic class of offensive players that run a spread option offense for the Titans (2-2).

San Marino quarterback Matt Wofford converted from his spot as a starting linebacker last year, according to athletic director Andrew Gayl. He also noted the team’s experience on both the offensive and defensive line.

Wofford has also seen time at safety this season.

More than anything, Fisher said the Grizzlies’ focus is internal, especially given the number of miscues Golden Valley has made early in the season.

“We spent a lot of time on us, working on what we do and the mistakes we’ve made,” Fisher said. “We’ve definitely spent time on San Marino, but it’s more mental reps for our players. We need to get better at what we do in order to be successful against our opponents no matter who we play.”

Gayl also mentioned the Titans’ inexperience at the linebacker and defensive back positions, which could be good news for the Grizzlies coming off their most productive passing game of the season last week.

Grizzlies quarterback Reid Soliman threw for 177 yards on 22-of-33 passing against Notre Dame.

Wide receiver Isa Bey was his favorite target, collecting 10 catches for 89 yards.

“We moved a few people around and learned what they can do in those spots,” Fisher said. “We caught the football and as a result we were able to get 11 first downs.”

This week, the Grizzlies hope to convert some of those first downs into points on the board.

“This is a bounce-back game for us,” Fisher said. “This week will be a true test to see how our team responds to adversity and how they respond to a big loss.”


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