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Spring Valley overcomes errors to cruise to victory against Del Sol

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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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There were two plays most indicative of today’s game at Spring Valley High. The first was Spring Valley’s first offensive play, which they fumbled. That turned into a field goal from Del Sol High.

At that point it was difficult to say exactly where the game would go.

“We told our players it’s a battle of two 0-2 teams and someone’s got to win,” Spring Valley coach Marcus Teal said. “Why not us?”

The other play was an 86-yard touchdown that seemed to answer that question and cemented the Grizzlies’ 28-10 victory.

Spring Valley bounced back from that fumble to lead most of the first half but then a botched onside kick to start the second half led to a quick Del Sol score, bringing the margin to 14-10.

“That was a big momentum shift,” Teal said. “I wasn’t sure how we were going to respond because in the first two games we didn’t respond well.”

Grizzlies’ quarterback Christian Tasi responded with an 86-yard strike to Micah Benoza.

“We weren’t quite sure if we could do it,” Teal said. “But we executed a play that we thought would work.”

Spring Valley hits the road next week, where it hopes to keep the momentum going at Bonanza High.

Taylor Bern can be reached at 948-7844 or [email protected]. Follow Taylor on Twitter at twitter.com/taylorbern.

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