BY BARRY WONG
Green Valley ran only 13 offensive plays during the first half against Basic, but four went for long touchdowns as the Gators topped the Wolves 42-32 in the 22nd edition of the Henderson Bowl.
Among those four scores, the Gators scored on the three-straight offensive plays to open up a 21-3 lead. Senior running back Albert Lake started the stretch with a 65-yard touchdown run with nearly a minute left in the first quarter.
After Basic turned the ball over on the ensuing kickoff, senior quarterback Christian Lopez connected on a 23-yard scoring strike to junior wide receiver Brayon Williams. Green Valley’s defense got the ball back for its offense, and senior running back Brenan Adams scored on the next play from 47 yards.
“We had momentum there for a while,” Green Valley head coach Brian Castro said.
Touchdown number four came after Green Valley’s defense held the Basic offense on a fourth and one late in the second quarter. Lake ran 95 yards for a score on the ensuing snap to increase the lead to 28-3.
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The lead provided enough of a cushion for Green Valley to hold off a late Basic rally, as the Wolves scored three touchdowns in the fourth quarter, including 12-yard halfback-pass touchdown from senior running back Reggie Upshaw to senior wide receiver Chris Flum and a kickoff return touchdown from senior wide receiver Josh Villaros.
“It was a little shaky at the end,” Castro said.
Green Valley (4-1, 1-0) is home the next two weeks, but face top-tier opponents in Coronado and Canyon Springs, who shut out Liberty 15-0 on Friday night. Basic (3-3, 0-1) will look to rebound on the road at Eldorado next week.