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Spring Valley fades in second half, falls 42-19 to San Diego

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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 Tuesday July 31, 2018 at the Red Rock Resort and Casino. They include, from left, Jonathan Vazquez, Mason De Cunzoand Marco Godinez.

The Spring Valley Grizzlies lost 42-19 to San Diego High School Friday night, but showed promise in only their second game against an out-of-state opponent in the past five years.

“When I scheduled that out-of-state team, I did it with our tough conference in mind,” Spring Valley coach Marcus Teal said. “We have a tough conference with the two top dogs Sierra Vista and Bishop Gorman. This San Diego team had really good running backs coming back and were a great test to give our guys the experience to play an out-of-state team.”

Spring Valley led the game 13-7 in the second quarter and trailed by only one point at halftime, but San Diego pulled away in the second half.

Senior Marco Godinez scored a touchdown on the ground and through the air, catching a 12-yard touchdown pass from Frank Bartley in the first quarter and rushing for a five-yard run late.

“We have a really good two-headed monster at the quarterback spot,” Teal said. “They both made good plays. Our receivers did a great job of catching the ball. We focused on our run game but our pass game was impressive. We just have to find a way to keep our playmakers on the field and get them the ball.”

Bartley completed only the one pass for a touchdown, while Mason DeCunzo threw the majority of the passes.

While it wasn’t the outcome the Grizzlies hoped for, it serves as a learning experience and better prepares them for their schedule moving forward, which starts against Coronado after a week off.

“(It was) virtually a scrimmage week for us, so to get a tough team like that out of the gate was rough,” Teal said. “It’s nice we have a bye next week to fix some of the things that went wrong, and get ready.”

Ray Brewer can be reached at 702-990-2662 or [email protected]. Follow Ray on Twitter at twitter.com/raybrewer21

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