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Tough night for Golden Valley football

Posted: September 12, 2013 11:12 p.m.
Updated: September 12, 2013 11:12 p.m.

PALMDALE — Football games aren’t won in the first half, but they can definitely be lost in that span.

By way of turnovers and penalties, the Golden Valley Grizzlies fell down early and were defeated by the Highland Bulldogs 44-6 Thursday at Highland High.

“Penalties and turnovers killed us tonight,” said Golden Valley head coach Robert Fisher. “This is three weeks in a row that penalties have really hurt us.”

In the game, Golden Valley (1-2) was flagged 10 times for 84 yards, but its miscues in the first half allowed Highland to jump out in front quickly.

The Bulldogs capitalized as they turned a botched punt, and three Golden Valley first-half turnovers into 26 points.

Highland (1-2) controlled a 38-6 lead at halftime, and also showed an explosive zone-read rushing attack.

Behind quarterback Donte Ross, the Bulldogs racked up 271 yards rushing on the night.

Ross accounted for 127 yards and three touchdowns on 12 carries, while Treshawn Garrett went for 83 yards on seven rush attempts.

The senior signal-caller also added a touchdown through the air as Jamire Jordan took a screen pass from Ross 43-yards to the house.

Jordan added a 55-yard touchdown reception later in the game from back-up quarterback David Erickson, and finished with three grabs for 106 yards.

“We knew they had some talented players. We did our best to contain them, but ultimately, penalties, and missed tackles beat us,” Fisher said. “It was basic football tonight.”

The lone bright spot for Golden Valley was an 87-yard touchdown run by Terry Tamura.

With 1:45 to play in the first, Tamura took a pitch, got outside the Highland defense, and sprinted down the right sideline for the score.

He finished with 107 yards on 12 attempts.

“Terry is a phenomenal runner. You give him the ball and he can make things happen out there,” Fisher said.

The loss marks the second consecutive year that Golden Valley has fallen to Highland.

The Bulldogs won last year’s matchup 28-14 in Santa Clarita.

Golden Valley will look to rebound at home against Agoura on Thursday.




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