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2016 Spring Valley Football Capsule


League: Class 4A Southwest

Head coach: Marcus Teal, seventh season (25-31)

2015 record: 5-4 (3-4 Division I-A Sunset League, fifth)

Returning lettermen: 11

Returning starters: Five offense, five defense

Base offensive set: Multiple set/Pistol Spread

Base defensive set: 4-2-5

Top offensive players: QB K.C. Moore (Sr.); OL Nathan Hunt (Sr.)

Top defensive players: DB Tavion Smith (Sr.); FS Spencer Johnson (Sr.); DL Joseph Pienta (Jr.)

Key losses: RB/LB Raheem Edmonds; ATH Marcus Dawson; OL/DL Taevion Jacobs; WR Antony Vazquez; OL Cesar Colin; OLB Sal Everett; LB Dustin Kekahuna-Kahue; RB Reece Bennett

Outlook: The Grizzlies are another team set to make the jump back into the state’s largest classification.

Spring Valley narrowly missed the playoffs in Division I-A (now Class 3A) last season, but the Southwest League should be wide open after Bishop Gorman, giving the Grizzlies a shot at the postseason.

Moore will be a key piece of the puzzle. He passed for 1,430 yards and 12 TDs as a junior, and will be counted on to carry a big offensive load.

He has an experienced offensive line in front of him led by the 320-pound Hunt.

Pienta, who had eight sacks last season, should key the defense.

“With experience back on the offensive line, returning their quarterback, returning five starters on defense and an infusion of young talent, the Grizzlies will look to be competitive in their return to the 4A classification,” Teal said.

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