Golden Valley clicking ahead of Mira Costa semifinal game

Teammates Ahvie Harris (4) and Zack Chevalier (18) celebrate after a touchdown during the first football game of the season against Highland of Palmdale at Canyon High School on Friday, August 25, 2017. Katharine Lotze/The Signal
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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.

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