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

Golden Valley clicking ahead of Mira Costa semifinal game

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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