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Prep football: Spark burns out for G.V.

Promising start doesn’t amount to much for Grizzlies

Posted: September 29, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: September 29, 2012 2:00 a.m.

SIMI VALLEY — When Golden Valley running back Leon Jacobs rumbled 76 yards for a go-ahead touchdown in the second quarter, it looked like it might be the spark plug the Grizzlies needed to upset Simi Valley on Friday night at Simi Valley High School.

In reality, the moment proved decisive for the Pioneers, who immediately responded to take the lead en route to a 44-12 win.

Simi Valley (4-1) responded to the Jacobs touchdown, which gave the Grizzlies (0-5) a 12-7 lead, in just 2:32, on a touchdown pass from senior quarterback Cody Daste to Tyler Robertson on an inside slant that went 12 yards for the score.

It was the first of 37 unanswered points for Simi Valley to close out the game.

“The score really woke us up as an offense,” Daste said.

Daste picked apart the Grizzlies’ defense throughout the game, throwing for 336 yards on 26-of-44 attempts with four touchdowns and two interceptions.

Even more impressive was his ability to spread the ball around, as nine different players caught a pass, led by Jordan Francis’ 94 yards on 10 receptions and Connor Hale’s 89 yards and two touchdowns on three catches.

“I feel like we have a lot of people who can make plays,” Daste said of his offense.

Simi Valley added another touchdown with 53.8 seconds left on a 10-yard run by Robert Stephan to give the Pioneers a 21-12 halftime lead.

Golden Valley then put up its last real fight of the game, taking the ball from its own 13-yard line to the Simi Valley 17 with 3.8 seconds remaining before quarterback Robert Phillips’ pass to the end zone fell incomplete.

Phillips was pressured all night as the Golden Valley offensive line struggled to protect the junior signal caller.

Phillips finished the game 9-of-24 for 83 yards.

Once again, the bright spot for Golden Valley was senior running back Leon Jacobs, who ran for 118 yards and two touchdowns on 17 carries.

In addition to his 76-yard scoring run, Jacobs ran it in from 8 yards out to give Golden Valley an early 6-0 lead.
“Leon is doing a great job,” said Golden Valley head coach Robert Phillips of Jacobs, who hadn’t played football since his freshman season at Bishop Montgomery in Torrance before transferring to Golden Valley this year. “He’s come a long way.”

After three tight losses to start the season, Golden Valley has been outscored 93-18 in consecutive losses to Notre Dame and Simi Valley, and will have to fix things in a hurry before opening up Foothill League play Friday against Canyon.

“You definitely get to see the competition and the discipline (playing teams like Notre Dame and Simi Valley),” Fisher said. “And that’s what we need.”


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