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Prep football: Two through Golden Valley's fingers

Golden Valley loses 4th quarter lead again

Posted: September 8, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: September 8, 2012 1:55 a.m.

Golden Valley's Ryan McNerney, far right, sacks Highland quarterback Dane Ross, center, as Grizzly Michael Crossley (20) watches on Friday at Canyon high.

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For the second consecutive week, the Golden Valley football team held a fourth quarter lead and for the second consecutive week, the Grizzlies let it slip away.

This time, two Golden Valley quarterbacks combined for three costly fumbles and a worn-out defense allowed 14 unanswered points to Highland of Palmdale, as the Grizzlies wound up losing by a score of 28-14 on Friday at Canyon High School.

Chase Lewis, who was moved from quarterback to wide receiver after fumbling twice, made a difficult over-the-shoulder catch in the corner of the end zone to hand Golden Valley the 14-13 lead with just 10:13 left in regulation.

Although the lead was slim, it seemed safe considering the Grizzlies defense had been stifling most of the night and had held the Bulldogs to three-and-outs on all three of the visitors’ possessions in the second half.

On the ensuing drive however, the Bulldogs were able to march right down the field and take the lead back for good.

The 10-play, 83-yard drive was capped off by fullback Tua Tuivai’s 6-yard touchdown plow and with a successful two-point conversion, the Bulldogs led 21-14.

After going three and out on their next offensive chance, Golden Valley’s defense came back on the field and was once again torched by the run, as Highland quarterback Dion Ross took a read option play 70 yards to the house, putting the game away with 4:28 remaining.

Robert Phillips, who replaced Lewis at quarterback following the senior’s second fumble of the game, fumbled himself on the next possession, putting the kibosh on any comeback hopes the Grizzlies may have had.

Phillips finished the night 9-of-18 for 79 yards and a touchdown, with five completions and 56 of those yards going to Lewis, who he replaced early in the third quarter.

The Bulldogs offense was far from efficient, but was able to benefit from big plays, as it tied the score on a 54-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter from Ross to receiver Jamire Jordan and put the game away late with Ross’ long run.

Leon Jacobs was one of the few consistencies for the Grizzlies, as the senior running back carried the ball 19 times for 107 yards, including a 23-yard touchdown run that opened the scoring in the first quarter.

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