Rick Hansen 29
Sr. Grizzlies 0
Jr. Grizzlies 56
Six hundred fans and a brand new pep band were on hand Friday to cheer on two G.W. Graham Grizzlies football teams as they christened the brand new turf at Exhibition Park.
"We were super happy with our first regular season home games on the new turf at Exhibition Field," G.W.G. athletic director Jake Mouritzen told the Times.
"The city has created a first-class facility that will be enjoyed by many different sports organizations in Chilliwack."
The senior Grizzlies, who went down 29-0 to Rick Hansen, might have hoped for a better score for the first varsity football game in Chilliwack since 1982 when Sardis secondary's football program folded.
But the jury's still out on what the lopsided result might mean for the Grizzlies season, according to head coach Laurie Smith.
Last week, Smith said the game would be a clear measuring stick for where his
team was really at in the eastern conference, but now he's not so sure.
"It was a winnable game for us," he said. "We could have come away with a win."
The junior Grizzlies, meanwhile, mauled the visiting Mission Roadrunners 56-6. Essentially made up of last season's Grade 8s who made it all the way to the Subway Bowl final at B.C. Place before losing 28-26 to Notre Dame, this year's JVs are a "very very good team," Smith said.
But their season will also be difficult to predict, he said, as they go head to head with much bigger, triple-A teams in a hybrid league.
The Grizzlies next home games are on Oct. 11. The junior varsity team takes on AAA powerhouse Lord Tweedsmuir, while the senior varsity squad takes on the Langley Saints.
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