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October 1, 2014

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Green Valley beats Virgin Valley in tuneup for showdown with Liberty

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Las Vegas Sun sports reporters Ray Brewer and Case Keefer take a look around the Las Vegas high school football scene. They give their picks for the upcoming week and discuss the merits of eating orange wedges on long gameday road trips.

The Green Valley High football team turned a touchdown halftime deficit into a comfortable double-digit win Thursday, traveling to Mesquite for a 41-22 victory against 3A Virgin Valley for its fifth straight win.

Aaron Love rushed for 157 yards and two touchdowns on 21 carries to lead the Gators, who trailed 14-7 at halftime during their break from Southeast Division play.

“They are a good football team,” Green Valley coach Brian Castro said of Virgin Valley. “Who cares if they are a 3A team? They do well against 4A teams if you look at their record, and they are physical.”

Jacob Olim passed for 121 yards and a touchdown for Green Valley, throwing a 6-yard score to Elijah Spann. Sean Ferraro had a kickoff return for a touchdown and Kelvin Woods scored defensively with a fumble return for a touchdown.

“(At halftime) we told our kids, basically, that they were a lot better than the half of football they just played,” Castro said. “The bottom line is we needed to play with some emotion. We were flat.”

Green Valley (5-1 overall, 3-0 Southeast) can’t afford a slow start next week when it plays defending Southeast champion Liberty. Both teams will enter undefeated in league play.

“They have a great football program over there,” Castro said. “We are going to line up and see what happens.”

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