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Spring Valley made major strides in victory over Sunrise Mountain

2016 High School Football

Christopher DeVargas

Members of the Spring Valley High football team pose for a photo at the Las Vegas Sun’s high school football media day July 20, 2016 at the South Point. They include, from left, K.C. Moore, Nathan Hunt, Spencer Johnson.

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Spring Valley just needed another week of preparation.

After the Grizzlies disappointed in their season opener two weeks ago in Utah, they used a week off to polish their schemes. It paid off Friday night in their home opener as Spring Valley upset Sunrise Mountain 26-13.

“We thought we were ready going into Utah, but when things don’t go right, you can come home and take a good look at some things,” Spring Valley coach Marcus Teal said. “We just worked on them a little more, and made sure everyone meshed.”

The Miners couldn’t compete with the Grizzlies’ up-tempo, read option offense after some fine tuning. Senior quarterback K.C. Moore executed the offense with precision, rushing for more than 100 yards while scoring two touchdowns.

Senior running back Kelly Gray and junior cohort Kevin Benoza also keyed the attack in a game where Spring Valley never trailed despite committing four turnovers.

The Grizzlies took a shutout deep into the fourth quarter before giving up two late scores.

“Defensively, we were so much better,” Teal said. “We did everything better this week.”

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