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Late-game heroics position Green Valley at top of Southeast Division


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Green Valley running back Aaron Love looks for an opening during their annual Henderson Bowl game against Green Valley Friday, September 16, 2011. After three consecutive losses to Basic, Green Valley won the game 36-33.

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Most teams would panic at the idea of having 57 seconds to go 80 yards to win a football game. To Green Valley, it’s only a slight inconvenience.

“It’s the way we run our offense,” Green Valley coach Brian Castro said. “With our speed and tempo, we feel like we’re never out of a game.”

The Gators perfected the 57-second drill Friday to upset host Foothill 37-34. Elijah Spann caught a three-yard touchdown pass with four seconds to go from Jacob Olim to take the lead.

Olim directed the finishing drive, which saw a key play come on a third-down conversion when Tevis Labrador caught a 39-yard pass.

Olim finished with 261 yards and three touchdowns on 20-for-44 passing. Running back Aaron Love scored two touchdowns to go with 176 yards.

The game was back and forth all night, with a lead change coming practically every time either team scored. Green Valley trailed by 3 at halftime but scored first in the second half.

With the win, the Gators are alone in first place in the Southeast Division.

“It feels good, but we’re not happy yet,” Castro said. “We know it’s a battle every week.”

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