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Prep football: Grizzlies can’t keep up with Notre Dame

Visiting Notre Dame easily dispatches Golden Valley

Posted: September 22, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: September 22, 2012 2:00 a.m.

Golden Valley did little to stop Notre Dame in its 49-6 loss on Friday night at Canyon High School.

After suffering three straight close losses to begin the season, the Grizzlies (0-4) were put away in 20 minutes on Friday.

The rout began on Notre Dame’s first play from scrimmage, when Knights senior running back Khalfani Muhammad took a handoff 67 yards for a touchdown with 9:13 remaining in the first quarter.

The Knights struck again from four yards out with just under five minutes left in the first quarter to bring the score to 14-0 entering the second frame.

From there things got worse fast.

The Knights (4-1) scored on plays of 1, 10, 51 and 88 yards in the second quarter, led by Knights senior quarterback Kelly Hilinski, who finished the game 5-of-8 for 144 yards and two touchdowns before being substituted.

On offense, the Grizzlies threw the ball more often than in any other game this season.

But, Notre Dame’s defense was every bit as dominant as its offense, and Golden Valley’s balanced approach struggled to generate momentum in the early stages of the game.

The Grizzlies were outgained 300 to 21 in the first half, and entered the second half down 42-0.

In the second half, Golden Valley’s execution was noticeably better, as the Grizzlies played the Knights to a standstill.

“We felt insulted by them putting in their third stringers against us,” said Golden Valley junior quarterback Robert Phillips. “We calmed down in the second half and showed them that we came to play.”

Phillips was able to prevent the shutout when he found teammate William Harvey for a 16-yard touchdown pass with 6:49 remaining in the fourth quarter to cap an 80-yard drive.  

For the second straight week, the Grizzlies offense was unable to move the ball consistently, a habit that must be corrected if Golden Valley hopes to defeat Simi Valley and pick up its first win before the beginning of the Foothill League season.

“I don’t feel like there’s any pressure for us (to win) heading into the game,” said Grizzlies head coach Robert Fisher. “But we will absolutely do whatever it takes to pick up the W.”


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