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Golden Valley plays host

Grizzlies play on own field for first time

Posted: October 2, 2008 9:33 p.m.
Updated: December 4, 2008 5:00 a.m.

After nearly four full seasons and 34 games playing home games at Canyon High School and around the Southland, Golden Valley High School will finally get to play its first ever home game.

Add the fact that it's Homecoming, and the Grizzlies have a nice historic game.

"Everyone's really excited about it," Golden Valley head coach Steve Pinkston said. "There's something special about having to walk out on your field. When you do not have to travel to another locker room to play your own home field, it's a great feeling."

At 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, Golden Valley (2-2) will play against the Camp Kilpatrick Mustangs (0-3) from Malibu.

There are no lights yet at the Grizzlies' stadium, so they have had to play Friday night games at Harry Welch Stadium at Canyon.

"When we announced it in April, there was a roar from our team," Pinkston said.

The team's booster club has been getting the word out in the local community and it has been Homecoming week at the school.

"It's going to be a historic game for us," Golden Valley athletic director Chris Printz said. "That'll mean a lot for our parents, our community."

While there has been an average of between 300 and 400 people each week at football games at Canyon, there should be plenty more on Saturday afternoon.

"It wouldn't surprise me if we double that," Pinkston said.

Kilpatrick is a juvenile detention center located in Malibu. The 2006 film "Gridiron Gang", starring Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, was based in part of the 1990 season in which Kilpatrick began playing 11-man football.

Johnson is a second cousin of Canyon High School defensive end Chris Reed.

"The kids are only together for one year," Pinkston said. "They get exponentially better. They're an extremely physical team. I'd say our kids would say that of all 10 teams we played last year, they're the most physical."

In one of the most contrasting styles of offense compared to Golden Valley's spread formation, Kilpatrick is a double-wing offense and runs the ball nearly every time.

On defense, the Mustangs can send as many as seven players at the quarterback and play man-on-man coverage in the secondary.


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