Friday, Sept. 18, 2009 | midnight
Green Valley High trailed 14-0 after the first quarter Thursday night against visiting Chaparral, but got a combined three touchdowns from sophomores Aaron Love and Rakeen Griffin in a 45-20 victory.
Green Valley (2-1) scored 45 unanswered points to erase its deficit, using its three-back rushing attack to wear down a short-handed Chaparral squad.
“We knew (Chaparral) would come out fighting,” Green Valley coach Matt Gerber said. “We gave up a couple of cheap touchdowns right off the bat.”
Griffin rushed for 61 yards and two touchdowns on six carries and Love had 71 yards and one touchdown on nine carries. Senior Treveece Jackson added four carries for 54 yards.
“They all did a good job running the ball,” Gerber said. “We wanted to make sure to have a stable of backs and to keep them fresh.”
Green Valley opens Southeast Division play next week against Liberty (2-1).
“It should be a competitive game, just like every game in our division should be,” Gerber said.
Chaparral High School has seen better days.
Once among the top performing schools in the Clark County School District, Chaparral High is undergoing changes to counter dismal test scores and the lowest graduation rate in the district.
The campus located near East Flamingo Road and U.S. 95 is one of five turnaround schools not meeting the expectations outlined in No Child Left Behind.
Chaparral is now looking to clean up its reputation, touching every aspect of the school from restrooms to test scores.
Changes weren’t received well by students who openly protested the cuts to faculty and the new order that banned the use of cell phones and music players during the school day.
Under stricter rules, tardy students are locked out of classrooms, bathroom breaks during class time aren’t allowed and the lunch hour was pushed back to 1:40 p.m.
Superintendent Dwight Jones told students he’s not settling for half successes.
“Right now, 50 percent of the kids in this school don’t graduate high school. Is that acceptable to you? Think about that. Right now, some of the friends that you’re with aren’t going to graduate. Is that OK? That’s unacceptable to me. I think you guys ought to kick all of us out.”
- Year built:
- Principal (Year Hired):
- David Wilson (2011)
- Approximately 2,250
- School Report Card:
Compiled by Gregan Wingert