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Caraway carries Granite Bay past Roseville

He completes 8 of 9 passes, including three touchdowns
By: Todd Mordhorst/Roseville Press Tribune Correspondent
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GRANITE BAY — After a rough first couple of weeks taking snaps as the starting quarterback, Grant Caraway is dialed in, and just in time for Sierra Foothill League play.

The Granite Bay High School senior completed 8 of 9 passes for 141 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Grizzlies to a comfortable 45-6 win over Roseville on Friday night.

Caraway received plenty of help from a diverse group of receivers. He lobbed a fade pass to the corner of the end zone, and Ty Serna came up with an acrobatic catch late in the first quarter to make it 10-0. Tight end Steven Graber went high in the air to snag Caraway’s four-yard scoring pass just before halftime. In the third quarter, Tony Ellison took a short screen pass and bolted 38 yards for a back-breaking touchdown.

“He had another good night,” Granite Bay coach Ernie Cooper said of Caraway. “He looked like he was in command of the offense. His preparation has been outstanding.”

The Grizzlies’ defense tamed the Tigers (1-5 overall, 0-1 SFL), who managed just three first downs in the first half. Roseville had a shot to get back in the game in the second quarter, driving to Granite Bay’s 38-yard line. But Bryce Crouch was stuffed on a fourth-down run, and the Grizzlies made it 24-0 five plays later.

Roseville avoided the shutout when junior quarterback Kyle Downie hit Crouch with a 10-yard touchdown pass early in the fourth quarter. Matt Razzano had a 56-yard kickoff return in the third quarter, but a promising drive ended in a fumble at the Grizzlies’ 20.

Granite Bay got interceptions from Luke Bussey and Dakota Burley, who returned his 10 yards for a TD in the fourth.

The Grizzlies play at Rocklin next Friday, and the Thunder will be riding high following a 35-9 win at Nevada Union.

“This will hopefully give us momentum going forward in league,” Caraway said. “We have Rocklin next week and that’s always a good game, so we have to buckle down and practice hard.”