Canyon and Golden Valley to meet seeking first Foothill League wins

Canyon's quarterback, Shawn Gallagher (7), stiff-arms Hart's Trevor Laibl (21), during the 50th game between the two at Canyon High School on Friday, Oct. 13, 2017. Nikolas Samuels/The Signal

The idea of a must-win game is certainly an overused cliché in the world of sports. But when Canyon and Golden Valley square of Friday at Canyon, it’ll be tough not to look at the game as such.

Both teams have lost their first two Foothill League games and the loser of this one will find itself as the only winless team left in the league, with a distant road to the playoffs ahead.

“I hate making excuses, or anything like that, so I’m not going to and try and make any for (the two losses),” said Canyon coach Rich Gutierrez. “We’ve been fighting out there, that much I do know, and we’ll continue to do that.”

The Cowboys (3-4, 0-2) are coming off a 35-18 loss to Hart, though Gutierrez said quarterback Shawn Gallagher played one of his finest games of the season. The junior dual-threat specialist rushed for two touchdowns in the loss.

Gutierrez also had high praise for Golden Valley’s array of athletes, which are featured on both sides of the ball, including USC commit DeGabriel Floyd, Jalin Lewis, Ahvie Harris and D.J. Turner.

“Those kids fly around, man,” Gutierrez said. “They’re going to affect nearly every facet because they play offense and defense.”

The Grizzlies (3-4, 0-2) ran into mighty Valencia last week and came away with a 48-7 loss.

“We put together about one good quarter against Valencia and we didn’t have any good quarters (against) Saugus,” said Grizzlies coach Dan Kelley. “I know it’s kind of generic but that’s how I see it — we need four good quarters.”

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