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Golden Valley football: A step up, and a step down

Grizzlies faces higher competition only to get chopped down

Posted: October 1, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: October 1, 2011 1:55 a.m.

SHERMAN OAKS — It was billed as the biggest game in Golden Valley football’s history.

And it didn’t take long for Notre Dame of Sherman Oaks to show why.

The four-time CIF champion Knights scored three touchdowns on four plays to start the game, and the Grizzlies couldn’t bounce back in a 42-0 loss Friday at Notre Dame.

Golden Valley was outrushed 248-31, but had some success in the passing game. However, the Knights were too crisp too soon and built a 35-0 lead going into halftime.

“It’s good for our guys to see a high-caliber team come out and do the little things right all night long,” said Grizzlies head coach Robert Fisher.

Highly touted Knights running back Khalfani Muhammad excelled on his first two carries, scoring from 35 and 15 yards out. Notre Dame quarterback J.J. Muno then found Kyle Barrett for a 32-yard touchdown at the 7:15 mark of the first quarter.

It all took place in a matter of four plays. Only 59 seconds ticked off the clock while the Knights (5-0) had the ball.

“We wanted to make sure we executed well,” said Notre Dame head coach Kevin Rooney. “I think being able to score quickly was hard on them because they had to play from behind.”

Golden Valley quarterback Reid Soliman kept the ball moving through the air and connected with Isa Bey nine times for 88 yards. Soliman finished 22-of-41 for 180 yards and one interception.

Grizzlies running back Earl Johnson was held to 31 yards on 15 carries, and caught four passes for 24 yards. Teammate Chris Lozano had seven receptions for 59 yards.

Golden Valley’s Kyle Crossley blocked a 48-yard field goal attempt in the second half, Jake Keller recorded a sack, and Brett Melton and Jose Lopez each recovered fumbles. 

The rest was all Notre Dame.

Muhammad rushed four times for 74 yards before leaving the game due to illness. Sam Robinson stepped in and carried the ball 13 times for 90 yards and two touchdowns. Muno finished 3-for-4 with 102 yards with touchdowns to Barrett and Josh Anderson. The Knights only attempted one other pass on the night.

“We weren’t where we needed to be,” Fisher said. “We had guys in the wrong gaps. Next thing you know, it’s a touchdown.”


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