Daniel Godfrey scored the go-ahead touchdown, then came up with a late interception to seal Sierra Vista’s 14-7 road victory over Spring Valley on Thursday night.
“It’s awesome. These guys are huge rivals to us,” Sierra Vista coach John Foss said. “Last year was the first time we’ve beaten them in a long time. Now it’s two years in a row, so it’s really special to us.”
Godfrey scored on a 17-yard run with 11:51 to play, and the 2-point conversion pass from Oscar Aliaga to Andrew Dunn gave the Mountain Lions (2-6, 2-4 Sunset League) the lead.
“That was huge,” Foss said. “Sometimes, we get bogged down down there. He saw an opening and took it upon himself to get into the end zone.”
Spring Valley (5-3, 3-3) got the ball back at its 10-yard line with 1:10 to play, but Godfrey picked off a K.C. Moore pass on the first play of the possession to seal the victory.
“We were just so thrilled because we knew we could run out the clock,” Foss said. “We haven’t always made plays to win games this year. We’ve been in a lot of games against some good teams.”
The Grizzlies led 7-0 at halftime after a 10-yard touchdown run by Marcus Dawson with 8:19 to go in the second quarter.
But Sierra Vista’s defense held Spring Valley to 30 yards of offense after halftime.
The Mountain Lions cut the lead to a point after a 6-yard TD pass from Aliaga to Brendan Bentley with 8:09 to go in the third quarter. Sierra Vista went for 2, but the pass was deflected.
After Godfrey’s TD run, Spring Valley drove to the Sierra Vista 17-yard line, but the Mountain Lions held on fourth-and-6 with 6:04 to play.
Sierra Vista then converted two third downs, allowing them to run almost five minutes off the clock before punting the ball back to the Grizzlies.
“That was important that our offensive line could turn out and kids could run for some first downs so we could get the clock rolling,” Foss said. “That really helped us a lot.”
Budhatt Kolone rushed for 102 yards on 12 carries for Sierra Vista. Kolone had 83 yards in the second half.
“He’s another kid who has been injured,” Foss said. “We just got him back last week, so we’re really happy to have him back. We were just trying to wear them down in that second half.”
The loss dropped Spring Valley to fourth place in the Sunset League. The Grizzlies are a half game ahead of Clark and Pahrump Valley for the league’s final postseason berth.
Spring Valley plays at first-place Faith Lutheran in its regular-season finale Oct. 23.