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Grizzlies go long to face "familiar" foe

By: Kurt Johnson, Press-Tribune sports editor
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The Granite Bay High School football team hit the road this week, heading off to San Diego to face Point Loma High School at 1 p.m. on Saturday. This is the first in a two-game series between the two teams, as Point Loma will reciprocate next season when it comes north for a rematch. The series came about when the two teams discovered a common open date on the schedule, and decided it would be a good experience for the players to travel for a game. The teams will travel just the varsity teams for the games. These two programs are very familiar with each other, as the coaches have spent time together at a summer camp learning the intricacies of the fly offense, which both teams run, at Willamette University in Salem, Ore. “I guess you could say that they know everything about us and we know everything about them,” said Granite Bay coach Ernie Cooper.” Granite Bay has been impressive in running out to a 3-0 record, including a 68-10 thrashing of Vacaville it last time out. Quarterback Teddy Bryant spreads the ball around to a talented group of receivers, and tossed five touchdowns against Vacaville to five different receivers. Point Loma is a fixture in San Diego area playoff football, having lost in the section finals last year. The Pointers are 2-2 out of the gate this year, but Cooper feels that record is misleading. “The two teams they have lost to, Cathedral and Mira Mesa are two of the powerhouse teams in San Diego,” Cooper said. “This is a good football team that has tested itself against a high level of competition, and it will be a great test for us.”