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November 17, 2019

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Defense delivers Green Valley a victory in California

Las Vegas Sun's HSFB Media Day Team Portraits

Christopher DeVargas

Members of the Green Valley High School football team are pictured during the Las Vegas Sun’s high school football media day at the Red Rock Resort on July 24, 2019. They include, from left, Garrett Castro, Mason Buttel, Stetler Harms, Noah Hawthorne, George Faber and Joseph Gennuso.

Green Valley bore down after a rough start and escaped Huntington Beach, Calif., with a win in its season-opener Friday night.

The Gators outlasted the Huntington Beach Oilers 15-8.

“Pretty ugly but we’re going to take it,” Green Valley coach Brian Castro said. “Our inexperience showed at times with this being the first game for a lot of these guys.”

Things couldn’t have gotten off to a worse start, as the Gators saw two straight snaps sail over quarterback Garrett Castro’s head, the second of which gave the Oilers a safety. Huntington Beach augmented the early 2-0 lead with a long touchdown drive.

But Green Valley was resilient from there and relied on a defense led by Zane Maningo, who had two sacks, and Stetler Harms, who had an interception.

Garrett Castro threw two touchdown passes, one to Brady Clayton and another to Colin Rerecich.

“We had a lot of mistakes and a lot of penalties,” Castro said. “But our defense played well.”

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