Spring Valley quarterback Jordan Cox had accounted for only five touchdowns all season entering Thursday’s game.
Cox topped that in one night.
The senior rushed for five touchdowns and passed for another as the Grizzlies defeated visiting Bonanza, 57-44.
Cox rushed for 151 yards on 16 carries. He scored on runs of 35, 5, 1, 28 and 16 yards. He also completed 14 of 20 passes for 237 yards, including a 26-yard TD pass to Nick Santos.
“Those are the things that we’ve been looking for (Cox) to do all season,” coach Marcus Teal said. “He’s been getting better each week and he’s been doing what we want him to, but he hasn’t put it all together. And I think this win showed what our offense can do when he runs it correctly.”
The Grizzlies (3-3, 2-2 Southwest League) had 583 yards of offense in holding off the Bengals (2-4, 2-3). Bonanza led 28-23 at halftime, but the Grizzlies shut out the Bengals in the third quarter to take control.
Cox led Spring Valley on a seven-play, 60-yard drive to open the half, capped by the quarterback’s 28-yard TD, and Spring Valley didn’t trail again.
Santos added a 33-yard TD run and caught the scoring pass from Cox as the Grizzlies took a 43-23 lead after three quarters.
Spring Valley had turned the ball over twice in the first half to help Bonanza take the lead.
“We were just killing ourselves, fumbling the ball and turning the ball over,” Teal said. “We had a nice little calm talk at the half and got things rolling.”
Austyn Wallace added 149 rushing yards, including a 34-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter, for Spring Valley.
The Grizzlies are tied with Clark for fourth place in the Southwest League. The top four teams advance to the playoffs.
“We really focused on winning the game, correcting the mistakes we made last week and just getting better,” Teal said. “We haven’t been a good football team, turning the ball over and committing penalties and having a lot of ‘me’ plays — guys looking out for themselves and not what’s best for the team.”
Bonanza quarterback Sterling Sprau rushed for 131 yards and two touchdowns. He also passed for 187 yards and a score but was intercepted three times, twice by Angelo Foschi-Gioeli.
■ Desert Oasis 41, Pahrump Valley 0 — At Desert Oasis, the Diamondbacks (5-2, 4-1 Southwest) piled up 439 rushing yards in a rout of the Trojans (0-6, 0-4).
Chaunsi Heatley led Desert Oasis with 113 yards on eight carries, including touchdowns of 18, 9 and 56 yards. Devin Fortenberry rushed for 91 yards on 12 carries and Trevon Barnes supplied 77 yards and two scores on seven attempts.
“We have a lot of different people that we can go to,” coach Faron Seibel said. “Running the option the way we do, that’s kind of what we look for.”
Desert Oasis needed only five plays in 1:58 to score on its first drive on Heatley’s 18-yard run, then recovered an onside kick. Five plays and 49 yards later, Barnes ran for a 5-yard TD to make it 13-0 before Pahrump Valley had its first possession.
Pahrump Valley suffered its 24th straight defeat.
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