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Golden Valley begins high school football season against Littlerock

Posted: September 3, 2008 9:33 p.m.
Updated: November 5, 2008 5:00 a.m.
Two months of passing league, numerous practices under 100-degree heat and seemingly endless bursts at tackling dummies and blocking sleds have come down to this.

Football season is here.

Golden Valley kicks off at 7 p.m. tonight at Canyon High School against Littlerock.

Last season, before a 14-0 loss to the Lobos, the Grizzlies sat nine of their starters due to various disciplinary reasons.

“Everybody’s ready to go,” Golden Valley head coach Steve Pinkston said. “We get to play with them on an even board.”

A battle for the starting quarterback spot went to junior Jimmy Hughes, who will make his varsity debut.

Hughes could throw a few passes toward Justin Oden, who Pinkston said could be a starting receiver opposite Jon Schlegel. Hughes beat Oden for the starting QB spot.

“He had a better pocket presence,” Pinkston said. “He separated himself. Justin hadn’t played in two years, and sometimes when people play in game speed in practice, it shows.”

The Grizzlies will play with three- or four wide receivers in their spread formation.

Hughes could look to throw short- and medium-range passes, less than 12 yards away. When he plays under center, the receivers will play near the offensive line in a bunch formation. When Hughes goes back and plays in a shotgun formation, they’ll be spread wide out.
Dylan Olson and Bino Horne will also play as receivers.

Hughes played quarterback at the junior varsity levels in each of the past two seasons.

“I just have to remember all of the plays,” Hughes said. “There are about 20 of them. Teams won’t always know where we’re going with the play.”

Golden Valley has the opportunity to avenge a 14-0 loss last season at Littlerock.

This season, the entire team will be in uniform, as no one was injured in practices during the past month.

“Hopefully we’ll do really well,” Pinkston said. “The challenge is on our side of the ball. If the kids play well, we should be fine.”

Littlerock will likely play the same defense it did last season, a 3-4 look. The Grizzlies primarily saw 4-3 defenses last season, especially in Foothill League action. The Lobos’ offense is an offset I-formation.

Richard Sarabia is the starting tailback. Justin Figueroa, the team’s defensive player of the year as a linebacker, will also see some carries. Schlegel will be a key player as a safety.


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