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Sierra Vista finds groove on both sides of ball to beat Durango

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Sierra Vista football players Caleb Stiles, D.J. Lashaul and Deon Daswell July 30, 2013.

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Sierra Vista started its Sunset Southwest division campaign on the right foot with a 35-12 victory over Durango.

Freshman Randal Grimes had one of his better games as a quarterback, throwing for 114 yards and a touchdown. A bulk of the yardage came on a 56-yard bomb to Octavious Payne in the fourth quarter.

“(Randal) has a good arm, and threw an absolute rope. A little corner route (was run), and the kid did a good job getting it to him,” Sierra Vista coach John Foss said.

The Mountain Lions (2-3, 1-0 Sunset Southwest) also got some production on the ground. Maliek Broady had the most carries, rushing for 98 yards on 11 carries with a touchdown, while Andrew Peterson rushed for 52 yards with a score.

Defensively, Sierra Vista did a solid job. The Mountain Lions shut out the Trail Blazers (0-5, 0-1) in the first half, and Foss said Sierra Vista didn’t allow a first down until the second quarter.

Overall, it’s part of the plan to get Sierra Vista heading in the right direction.

“Our kids are learning how to win,” Foss said. “They haven’t had a blueprint, so to speak. They’re working hard and trying to get better. I think all the coaches did a good job at getting prepared.”

Paul Delos Santos can be reached at 990-2416 or mail to [email protected] Follow Paul on Twitter at twitter.com/pauliedelos.

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