Prep Notes: Golden Valley football prepares for challenge with Vlaencia

Golden Valley coach Dan Kelley didn’t mince words when he described his team’s challenge of trying to slow down Valencia Friday.

“You’re always trying to prepare for a weakness. [Valencia] doesn’t have any,” Kelley said. “They’re one of the better Valencia teams I’ve seen in my four years here.”

Kelley hopes his team can draw upon last year’s game for inspiration where Golden Valley only trailed 21-18 at halftime. The Grizzlies have playmakers in Jalin Lewis and USC commit De’Gabriel Floyd but Valencia, which dominated rival Hart last week, has more than its share on both sides of the ball.

“They fly around on defense and have a lot of weapons on offense. They’re just solid across the ball,” Kelley said.

There won’t be any intimidation on the Golden Valley side, especially with the Grizzlies knowing they need to clean up their play after having four turnovers in last week’s 17-0 loss to Saugus.

The first turnover led to a Saugus touchdown and with Valencia’s defense being one of the areas’ toughest, there will be little room for error if Golden Valley wants to avoid an 0-2 start in league.

“It’s a tough turnaround but it’s going to test the character of coaches and players,” Kelley said. “Valencia is who you make them and if you want to not show up, they’ll take it to you. If you show up to play, anything can happen.

Chaminade ready after bye week

How did Chaminade spend its week off after an impressive first six games? Extra hours in the weight room and even more reps in practice.

So much for an easy break.

“I enjoyed it and the coaches did. But we’ll see if the kids did,” Chaminade coach Ed Croson said.

That will be determined Friday when the Eagles head to Loyola. Loyola slowed down Notre Dame’s running game but the Cubs have to contend with one of the state’s top backs in Andrew Van Buren.

While reports indicated Van Buren ran for 312 yards against Serra last week, Chaminade has him listed with 332 to go with his five touchdowns. Still, Croson expected a tougher task for his offense to score at will.

“Loyola’s defense is as good as any defense as we’ve seen so far b/c they’re tenacious.” Croson said, “They’re not big but they’re aggressive.”

Alemany’s Doyle, Notre Dame’s Polite selected for Blue-Grey All-American Game

Friday will see seniors Ely Doyle (Alemany) and Winston Polite (Notre Dame) receive their jerseys for the Blue-Grey All-American Game to be played on January 22 at Dallas Cowboys AT&T Stadium

Doyle’s ceremony will take place at noon and Polite will have his ceremony prior to the Knights’ game against Serra.

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