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Spring Valley shows promise at times, still falls to Idaho school

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Spring Valley High football players (from left) Tyler Stevens, Marquist Bell and Matthew Cataldi before the 2013 season.

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Logan Cruz had a 9-yard touchdown run for the Spring Valley High football team today in the fourth quarter, but it wasn't enough in a season-opening 42-7 loss to Idaho’s Pocatello High in the Rocky Mountain Rumble at Idaho State.

Cruz played last season at Skyline High in Idaho Falls, giving him a touchdown in a return to his home state.

But, unfortunately for the Grizzlies, that was one of their lone highlights.

“We had our moments offensively,” Spring Valley coach Marcus Teal said. “We moved the ball well at times. We just couldn’t put any points on the board.”

Sophomore quarterback Brandon Peterson led the Spring Valley offense with about 75 rushing yards. Receivers Carl Albert and Christian Tasi each had three receptions.

“We looked like gangbusters for a play here and there,” Teal said. “Then we would get a penalty. You could tell it was the first game for us. We weren’t getting the play off in a timely manner and had no tempo.”

It was the same story defensively — on some plays the Grizzlies held their ground; on others they struggled.

On three Pocatello scoring drives, the Idaho school converted a third-down and long situation to extend the drive.

“We let them off the hook a few times,” Teal said. “We just couldn’t get out of our way in the first half.”

Ray Brewer can be reached at 990-2662 or [email protected]. Follow Ray on Twitter at twitter.com/raybrewer21.

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