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Posted: October 22, 2009 10:21 p.m.
Updated: October 23, 2009 4:30 a.m.

There is no weird feeling coming into Friday’s game against Valencia at Valencia High for the Golden Valley football team.

No fear.

No discomfort.

Though the Grizzlies are the heaviest of underdogs, Golden Valley head coach Andy Campbell is encouraged for this game.

“It’s kind of like you go into a fight. Fighters go in and they may have lost round one, round two and round three. We still have that ideal that we can take round four,” Campbell said. “We know we’re the underdog. We have everything to gain and nothing to lose.” has the projected outcome being Valencia 62-0.

Campbell realizes what lies ahead, but the goal is to possibly win one of those rounds.

Valencia (6-0, 1-0) is banged up right now, said Vikings head coach Larry Muir.

This could open the door slightly for the Grizzlies (0-6, 0-1), but it could work the other way and give the Vikings a little more experience behind the starting lineup.

“We’re really working hard on ourselves — playing fast and playing smart, playing with a purpose because we have injuries,” Muir said. “We need our guys to step up. We still approach it like another league game.”

Offensively, the Vikings are healthy at the skill positions.

But Muir said the team has been hit by the flu bug this week.

As far as what Valencia, a team that is expected to be a title contender in the CIF-Southern Section Northern Division, gets out of a game like this, focus could be one thing.

Muir said his team has displayed good concentration this week and he expects the same for 48 minutes on Friday.

The Vikings took off last week after a slow start, outscoring Canyon 42-0 in the game’s final three quarters.

Valencia got a big game out of receiver Jake Reed, who scored on touchdown receptions of 8 and 62 yards. They were his only two grabs in the game.

The Vikings are ranked No. 8 by in its CIF-Division I state championship game rankings.

Golden Valley, despite losing 49-7 to West Ranch, managed to score its first points since Sept. 17.

Also, despite surrendering 49 points, Campbell said his defense has stepped up of late.

He singled out the Grizzlies’ defensive line and linebacking crew, specifically naming linebackers Joseph Figueroa, Dylan Olson and linemen Nigel Willis, Jacob Ramos and Cole Jordan.

Campbell added that every game from here on out is for the future and that the seniors on his team are satisfied with teaching the younger players and building up the program.

They get the best in the Foothill League this week, so there may be a lot to learn.



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