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November 20, 2018

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Green Valley’s strong running game leads comeback against Sierra Vista

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Christopher DeVargas

Members of the Green 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, Reyden Morett, Hunter Mecham, Julian Hulse, Mitch Jacobs, Kalyja Waialae, Will Bonkavich and Brant Hershberger.

The Green Valley High football team trailed visiting Sierra Vista by three touchdowns at halftime tonight after surrendering a pair of long touchdowns.

Halfway through the third quarter, though, the Gators had erased the deficit. They went on to a 26-21 victory, their third straight home win in as many weeks to open the season.

“We weren’t very good,” Green Valley coach Brian Castro said of the first half. “We had some mistakes to turn the ball over and they big-played us.”

Maaliek Duncan had three touchdown runs in the initial six minutes of the third quarter, finishing with 216 rushing yards on 20 carries. Noah Hawthorne carried the ball 20 times for 121 yards and a score.

“It should definitely be a confidence boost,” Castro said of erasing the 21-point halftime deficit.

Green Valley next week has its first road game of the season when it plays at Canyon Springs.