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Coming off big win in San Diego, Grizzlies prepare for West

By: Kurt Johnson
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The Granite Bay High School football team made the most of its visit to the southern part of the state, enjoying a great experience off of the field, while dominating Point Loma on it. “The kids behaved superbly,” Granite Bay coach Ernie Cooper said. “It was a great experience and we had great reports on the conduct of our players. The game was secondary to that.” Between the lines, the Grizzlies took it to Point Loma on both sides of the ball in a 34-7 win. Coming off a five-touchdown performance one week ago, quarterback Teddy Bryant connected with four more scoring tosses to lead the way. Granite Bay came out of the gate with power, stopping the Pointers on four plays before running off an 11-play scoring drive to take the 7-0 lead. A.J. Herlitz found the end zone on a 4-yard pass from Bryant. The early drive seemed to spark something in Point Loma as the squad turned up the defense for the rest of the first quarter, and most of the second period as well. “We played fast early,” said Cooper. “They are a very fast and physical team, and the early drive seemed to wake them up. After they held us in check for a while, our guys adjusted well and matched their physical style.” The Grizzlies added a score before intermission on a three-yard Clark Partridge run, and then exploded for three third quarter touchdowns to put the game away. An 81-yard catch and run from Bryant to Austin Nash opened the second half scoring, and after a six-yard scoring toss to Nash, Bryant found Herlitz from 65 yards out for Granite Bay’s final score. Point Loma scored a late touchdown to break up the shutout. The Grizzlies (4-0) host West High School from Tracy on Friday in their final tune-up for Sierra Foothill League play. “We are getting everything we want out of the preseason, seeing a lot of different looks as we prepare for league play,” Cooper said. “West is a fast team, and they will give us good preparation for our early league games against Del Oro and Rocklin.” In other football action this Friday night, a trio of 2-2 teams will look to post winning non-league records with the SFL openers looming just one week away. Roseville makes the trip to Woodland to battle Pioneer, while Oakmont visits Folsom and Woodcreek hosts Inderkum.