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Silverado upsets Green Valley to send division rivals down a spot in postseason

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Silverado High School’s Izaiah Thurmon, center, (7) carries the ball against Foothill High School during a game at Silverado Friday, October 8, 2010. Foothill won the game 13-7.

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Silverado senior Izaiah Thurmon capped off his high school football career with one of his finest performances.

Thurmon rushed for just less than 250 yards as Silverado upset Green Valley 27-20 to close the season. Silverado’s other standout senior running back, Deandre Gause, also racked up yards in the victory.

“It’s big for them to finish off the way they did after all the close losses this year,” Silverado coach Andy Ostolaza said. “I give a lot of credit to them because they could have just cashed it in and not have cared.”

Although the 3-6 Skyhawks will not advance to the playoffs, they effectively played the role of a spoiler for the Gators. Because of the defeat, Green Valley falls to the No. 3 seed in the Southeast Division.

Instead of a potential home matchup with Desert Pines, Green Valley must travel to traditional power Las Vegas High to open the postseason.

“We physically outmatched them,” Ostolaza said. “We turned the ball over a million times as usual, but we held up. The big thing was pounding the ball right at them.”

Silverado’s first drive went 95 yards for a touchdown. Early in the fourth quarter, after a long touchdown run by Green Valley’s Aaron Love, the score was tied at 20.

But Silverado went on a nine-minute, 90-yard drive to clinch the win.

Case Keefer can be reached at 948-2790 or [email protected]. Follow Case on Twitter at twitter.com/casekeefer.

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