Golden Valley football ready for Division 6 foe Rio Mesa

Golden Valley senior Johnathan Kaelin runs with the ball in the first quarter of a non-league matchup with Burbank at Harry Welch Stadium. Cory Rubin/The Signal

Golden Valley football is just about halfway through its preleague schedule and it has yet to lose, beating Burbank and Quartz Hill in the first two weeks of play.

This week, they’ll take on fellow CIF-Southern Section Division 6 team Rio Mesa of Oxnard.

The Spartans have won both games to start the season, both of which have been on the road, and have only given up one touchdown.

Rio Mesa has a one-two punch in running backs C.J. Lewis and Ethan Feciuch. Both average similar yards per carry; the former has 44 carries for 340 yards and the latter has 27 carries for 233 yards. Each has four touchdowns.

The Grizzlies have given up 49 points in two games, but the front seven are capable of shutting down the run.

Johnathan Kaelin has been the main playmaker for Golden Valley so far this season, playing running back as well as receiver on offense and safety on defense. He’s rushed 20 times for 326 yards and has caught two passes for 26 yards.

“He’s a tough kid, he plays with a lot of passion,” said Grizzlies coach Dan Kelley after a win against Burbank. “He plays with a lot of heart, he wants to score every time he touches the football.”

Expect two quarterbacks to play against Rio Mesa as Austin Garcia and Jaxson Miner have been splitting time at the position. Garcia has thrown 11-for-17 for 103 yards and no touchdowns, while Miner has gone 14-for-22 with two touchdowns.

Kickoff for tonight’s game is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Rio Mesa High School.

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