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Grizzlies will have to stop the run

Posted: October 1, 2009 9:49 p.m.
Updated: October 2, 2009 4:55 a.m.

If the Golden Valley football team wants to earn its first win of the season, it will have to slow down Serrano running back Dionza Bradford when it hosts Serrano High of Phelan at 7 p.m. today at Canyon High.

Bradford is the key to the Diamondbacks’ offense, which head coach Ray Maholchic said relies on play-action.

“We’re pretty much a run and play-action team,” he said. “We’ll give a lot of different formations, but we’re basically an I-wing team.”

Serrano quarterback Joey Peterson is capable of finding receivers downfield, a corps led by Paul Williams, a small but fast target.

The line is inexperienced, but the offense helped the Diamondbacks (2-2) knock off Highland of Palmdale 35-0 last Friday.

“The team seems to be playing better every week, which is the key,” Maholchic said. “We’re 2-2 and we could be 4-0, but you make your own breaks. Defensively, we seem to be playing well.”

The defense is led by inside linebacker Chris Kilmer, defensive end Everett Beed and Bradford, who plays safety.

Maholchic said Beed is getting looks from several colleges, and recruiting Web sites and both say Beed has committed to the University of Nevada-Las Vegas.

“We’re more of a bend-don’t break defense,” Maholchic said. “We play some zone. We’re a read defense that tries to get after you a little bit.”

Golden Valley will counter with mobile quarterback Andrew Avila and running back Joseph Figueroa, who led the Grizzlies (0-3) with 59 total yards and eight tackles in a 68-0 loss to Camarillo last week.

Maholchic doesn’t entirely know what to expect from Golden Valley’s offense.

“It’s hard to tell,” he said. “I don’t know what they’re going to try and do to attack us. The key for us is don’t give up the big play and try to get the big play.”

Mistakes have cost Serrano at times this season, especially deep in opponents’ territory.

“We’ve fumbled and turned the ball over at times,” Maholchic said. “We haven’t been able to sustain drives. We’ve turned the ball over a lot inside the red zone.”

Golden Valley will try to continue that trend in search of its first win today at Harry Welch Stadium.



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