If you’d ask defensive end CJ Ravenell, Golden Valley football is peaking at just the right time.
“We’re playing all hard,” said Ravenell. “Not just a few players … all 11 players are playing on the field 100 percent and everybody’s mentality is right and that’s why we’ve been playing so well as of lately.”
The Grizzlies are riding a three-game win streak into this week’s matchup against Mira Costa of Manhattan Beach in the CIF-Southern Section Division 6 quarterfinals.
The Mustangs eliminated Canyon from the playoffs on Saturday and did so with the help of Jonah Tavai, who does a little bit of everything as a running back, lineman and punter.
“He’s probably the most problematic player on the team,” Derrese Morganfield, a Grizzlies d-end, said. “I like the team and I like their effort but I feel like I can beat them as long as we beat No. 51.”
Mira Costa also brings a pair of sturdy running backs to battle in Evanson Love and Vashon Hill. In terms of the passing game, junior quarterback Nick Carpino favors Eddie Burga-Donovan as a target, but only connected for one touchdown against Canyon.