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Durango makes statement with 31-28 victory over Spring Valley

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To Durango coach Gary Maki, his team’s 31-28 victory against Spring Valley was more than a win.

It was a statement. Consider it a warning, because Durango (4-1) has arrived.

“I don’t think anyone expected this from us except for ourselves,” Maki said. “We had been written off. For the last few years, it’s been Gorman and Spring Valley in our league. We just invited ourselves to the party.”

Durango controlled the game the entire night. The Trailblazers led by as much as 31-14, before the Grizzlies mounted a comeback.

They recovered an onside kick to cut it to a one-touchdown deficit. Then, Spring Valley scored again after a controversial roughing-the-passer penalty on Durango.

With four minutes remaining, the Grizzlies attempted another onside kick. But Durango recovered to ensure the victory.

“We kind of tried a few things offensively in the second half and let them back in it,” Maki said. “I really believe the better team held on and won.”

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