Grizzlies football grabs first league win
Lavelle Calvin (21) and Golden Valley football made history in 2016. Katharine Lotze/The Signal
By Signal Contributor
Friday, October 21st, 2016

Senior running back Tai Brown was the star of the night for Golden Valley, as the Grizzlies were able to fend off a late rally from Canyon to secure their first league win of the season, 31-23.

Brown finished with three touchdowns, taking on the ball-carrying duties after KJ Maduike went out with an ankle injury early in the contest.

“KJ tweaked his leg a little bit, but Tai Brown is a heck of a runner, and a hard runner,” said coach Dan Kelley, whose Grizzlies went to 5-3 overall and 1-2 in league. “These kids did a great job.”

PHOTOS: Golden Valley takes down Canyon second year in a row

Golden Valley quarterback Josh Valano found receiver Jalin Lewis from 11 yards out for the game’s first score three minutes in, and Brown added a 1-yard touchdown of his own shortly after to give Golden Valley an early 17-0 lead.

Canyon's Henry Arrellano (32) looks ahead as he charges by Golden Valley's Devin Lewis (3) during a Foothill League game at Canyon High School, Friday. Signal photo by Katharine Lotze.
Canyon’s Henry Arrellano (32) looks ahead as he charges by Golden Valley’s Devin Lewis (3) during a Foothill League game at Canyon High School, Friday. Signal photo by Katharine Lotze.

Canyon (4-4, 0-3) was able to pull even behind some big plays on offense. Quarterback Miles Fallin threw an 8-yard touchdown pass to Camden Apsay in the second quarter, and running back Brandon Wilson added a 48-yard rumble right after halftime to make it 17-17 with the help of a field goal.

But it was not enough, as Golden Valley made sure it secured victory with two second half scores from Brown, and a timely interception from Lavelle Calvin.

“This is really special to me.” Brown said after the game. “I’m just so glad I could step up and do my thing.”

Golden Valley plays host to Hart next week, and Canyon goes on the road to play Saugus.

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Lavelle Calvin (21) and Golden Valley football made history in 2016. Katharine Lotze/The Signal

Grizzlies football grabs first league win

Senior running back Tai Brown was the star of the night for Golden Valley, as the Grizzlies were able to fend off a late rally from Canyon to secure their first league win of the season, 31-23.

Brown finished with three touchdowns, taking on the ball-carrying duties after KJ Maduike went out with an ankle injury early in the contest.

“KJ tweaked his leg a little bit, but Tai Brown is a heck of a runner, and a hard runner,” said coach Dan Kelley, whose Grizzlies went to 5-3 overall and 1-2 in league. “These kids did a great job.”

PHOTOS: Golden Valley takes down Canyon second year in a row

Golden Valley quarterback Josh Valano found receiver Jalin Lewis from 11 yards out for the game’s first score three minutes in, and Brown added a 1-yard touchdown of his own shortly after to give Golden Valley an early 17-0 lead.

Canyon's Henry Arrellano (32) looks ahead as he charges by Golden Valley's Devin Lewis (3) during a Foothill League game at Canyon High School, Friday. Signal photo by Katharine Lotze.
Canyon’s Henry Arrellano (32) looks ahead as he charges by Golden Valley’s Devin Lewis (3) during a Foothill League game at Canyon High School, Friday. Signal photo by Katharine Lotze.

Canyon (4-4, 0-3) was able to pull even behind some big plays on offense. Quarterback Miles Fallin threw an 8-yard touchdown pass to Camden Apsay in the second quarter, and running back Brandon Wilson added a 48-yard rumble right after halftime to make it 17-17 with the help of a field goal.

But it was not enough, as Golden Valley made sure it secured victory with two second half scores from Brown, and a timely interception from Lavelle Calvin.

“This is really special to me.” Brown said after the game. “I’m just so glad I could step up and do my thing.”

Golden Valley plays host to Hart next week, and Canyon goes on the road to play Saugus.