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Grizzlies kick Burbank with power game

Heavy dose of defense, special teams, running game
By: Kurt Johnson, The Press Tribune
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A stellar defensive effort and great results in the kicking game were the keys to victory for the Granite Bay High football team Friday night in a 22-6 home win over Burbank. The Grizzlies were able to move the football in spurts all night long, but three drives ended in field goals attempts. Adam Angulo split the uprights all three times, providing the cushion that Granite Bay needed on the scoreboard. “The field goals were the key to the game,” said Granite Bay coach Ernie Cooper. “Adam and Tanner Holt (the holder) and long snapper Josh Calton have some really good timing going.” Angulo was also a star in other areas, as he sent one kickoff after another into the Titan end zone for touchbacks, and also recovered a fumble late in the third quarter to stop a Burbank drive. The most impressive aspect of the Granite Bay effort came on the defensive side of the ball, where the Grizzlies made plays against a very fast group of Burbank runners. Quarterback Tu’uta Inoke, fullback Jamon Archie and running backs William Dossman and Terrance Mitchell took turns running it at the Granite Bay defenders, but other than a couple of breakaway runs on the option by Mitchell and a late scoring burst by Archie, the Grizzlies kept the speed under control. “We wanted to see speed to get ready for league, and we certainly have done that,” Cooper said. “You can see that we have some playmakers on this defense. Coach Harrington and our defensive staff have them ready to play. They got the edge on a couple, but that’s going to happen. We needed to avoid having it happen multiple times.” Linebacker Mike Wade and defensive end Matt Lopez led a strong defensive effort that shut out Burbank until the late minutes of the final period after the Grizzlies had gone to a few reserves. Granite Bay took the ball 43 yards on six plays on its first opportunity of the game, scoring on a Cory Brehm 4-yard burst. Early in the second stanza, a 13-play, 64-yard drive ended at the Burbank eight, leaving Angulo to drill a 25-yard field goal. With two minutes to go before intermission, the Grizzlies took possession on their own 48-yard-line, and after a pair of Brendan Keeney to Ian Rhodes 18-yard hook-ups on consecutive plays, Angulo was good from 29 yards out to set the halftime edge at 13-0. Both teams chewed up clock in the third period as Granite Bay’s nearly five minute drive ended on downs at the Burbank two, and then the Titans took the ball out into Grizzly territory before a penalty moved them back. Angulo’s fumble recovery shut down that drive and set up another 29-yard three-pointer for the kicker. The teams swapped fourth quarter touchdowns to get to the final count, with Brehm scoring from 14 yards out for the Grizzly score. Granite Bay worked its running game both inside and outside in this contest, with Brehm sweeping the edges and carrying 14 times for 112 yards in the game. Travis Nicholas was the primary inside man in the first half, with seven rushes for 72 yards before the break, and Devaunte Bolton took that load in the second half, when he went for 66 yards. “One thing we didn’t get to work on last week was the inside running,” Cooper said. “Tonight we wanted to establish Travis and Devaunte running downhill and we did a good job of that.” The Grizzlies (2-0) are in Vacaville next Friday night.