The G.W. Graham Grizzlies improved from last year, but it wasn't enough to bring home a different result from Colton, Ore, last weekend. The Grizzlies lost 21-0 to the Colton Vikings Saturday in a game that was closer than the score indicated.
Down 6-0 at the half, the Grizzlies switched to a full junior varsity roster to get all players some playing time.
"It was a pretty sloppy game from start to finish" head coach Laurie Smith said.
The Grizzlies started strong, marching the ball deep into the Colton end under the guidance of first-year quarterback Branden McCormick before attempting and missing a 26-yard field goal. Both teams were defensively strong in the first half with the ball rarely moving from the middle of the field. Towards the end of the second quarter, the Vikings scored what amounted to the game winning TD on a broken off-tackle run that went for 36 yards.
Both the varsity and JV defensive units for the Grizzlies were very strong, each only yielding one TD. The other Vikings points came from their defence. Josh Pretty was a standout at safety in the first half with seven tackles, while linebacker Jordon Breuker led the way in the second half for the JV group with five tackles.
Both Grizzlies teams play their first home games in a doubleheader at Exhibition Stadium Sept. 27.
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