Friday, Aug. 17, 2018 | 11:35 p.m.
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.”