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Granville football is getting ready to kick off its season.

The Golden Horde will meet the Hoosic Valley Indians at home this Saturday at 1 p.m.

Coach Mario Torres has made his goal of going 1-0 each week this season very clear.

“You can’t go 1-0 every week if you don’t go 1-0 in the first week,” Torres said.

Granville will be looking to avenge a loss to the Indians a season ago. Last October, Hoosic Valley routed Granville 49-0 under coach Jay Garvey. Hoosic Valley went on to be the Section II Class C Super Bowl runner-up, ending its 2015-16 season with an overall 7-3 record.

Granville’s record last year was 1-8.

“They are coming to town in week one,” Torres said. “We are going to have to be prepared to play them.”

Torres said the players’ hard work over the last couple of weeks, coupled with their off-season camp play, has prepared them well for the competition.

Since regular practices started a few weeks ago, the team has been working hard to nail down the best 11-man combo to put on the field.

Granville boasts a top-heavy group with 11 seniors on its roster, along with several newcomers who will start the season fresh on the field.

Torres summed up Hoosic Valley this way: “They are going to be every bit as good as advertised. They will be big. They’ll be fast. And they’ll be physical. We need to be clicking on all cylinders to be in a football game.”

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