Friday, Oct. 1, 2021 | 11:56 p.m.
The Green Valley football team fell behind by two touchdowns in the first half at Desert Pines on Friday night.
On paper, the game should have been over. Desert Pines, after all, has many top recruits, including four-star running back Jovantae Barnes, who got the scoring started with a long touchdown run.
But Green Valley didn’t allow any points over the final two and half quarters in rallying for a 21-14 victory.
“We don’t have any business being in that game — on paper,” Green Valley coach Brian Castro explained. “We don’t have any guys with (recruiting) stars or offers. We just have some really good football players who care about this program and each other.”
And the Gators have a really good defense, stacking the line of scrimmage with defenders to slow down the run.
“Our defense played their tails off,” Castro said.
Freddy Rodriguez, Green Valley’s 5-foot-5 junior receiver, had two touchdowns. Josiah Edwards had a rushing touchdown.
The schedule doesn’t get any easier for Green Valley, who next week hosts defending state champion Liberty.