Re­fo­cused Griz­zlies ready for Crespi

The Signal - - SPORTS - By Ha­ley Sawyer Sig­nal Sports Ed­i­tor

Golden Val­ley’s loss to Cres­centa Val­ley last week hit the team hard.

“The vibe in the locker room (af­ter the game) was that we can’t let this hap­pen again,” said GV quar­ter­back Zack Che­va­lier. “Now we’ve tasted de­feat and we don’t like it.”

The Griz­zlies (2-1) had the goal of go­ing un­de­feated this sea­son and the loss served as a re­minder to take a se­ri­ous ap­proach ev­ery week, Che­va­lier said.

They’ll have the chance to get back on track against Crespi High School of Los An­ge­les, a Di­vi­sion 3 op­po­nent.

“You’ve got to re­spect the fact that Crespi is a great pro­gram,” said coach Dan Kel­ley.

“We’re go­ing to have to play a per­fect game to beat them and it’s a big game for us as well be­cause they’re in a higher di­vi­sion than us.”

Golden Val­ley will be re­turn­ing a hand­ful of play­ers, in­clud­ing run­ning back Jor­dan An­der­son and linebacker Johnathan Kaelin who were out last Fri­day.

Che­va­lier will be tak­ing the field with more con­fi­dence af­ter get­ting word that he would be the team’s start­ing quar­ter­back ear­lier this week.

The sig­nal caller trans­ferred from Vil­lage Chris­tian of Sun Val­ley, which can­celed its 2017 foot­ball sea­son due to low num­bers. He ar­rived at Golden Val­ley near the end of July.

“I had to … learn the plays, fig­ure ev­ery­thing out, get a con­nec­tion with the re­ceivers and now it fi­nally paid off,” Che­va­lier said.

A num­ber of Vil­lage Chris­tian foot­ball play­ers trans­ferred to Crespi (1-2), giv­ing Che­va­lier some ex­tra fa­mil­iar­ity with this week’s foe.

Kel­ley said he ex­pects run­ning back/linebacker DJ Turner and re­ceiver/de­fen­sive back DeGabriel Floyd to re­peat their strong per­for­mances from last week.

Floyd scored all three touch­downs in the Griz­zlies loss.

“I’m put­ting all my ef­fort into it, ev­ery­thing I have,” Floyd said. “Blood sweat and tears. Th­ese are my broth­ers so I’m go­ing to fight with them.”

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