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Grizzlies spoil Oakmont's homecoming party

By: Jon Brines, Special to The Press-Tribune
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It was homecoming at Oakmont High School in Roseville Friday night but that’s as far as the party went for the home team. The visiting team from Granite Bay High School was in a word, dominating. After the Oakmont Vikings started the game with a three and out, the Granite Bay Grizzlies drove the ball down the field from their own 40-yard line, with senior running back Justin Sutter breaking tackles on his way to the end zone for a 17-yard touchdown run. In the second quarter, the Vikings remained scoreless as Grizzlies’ quarterback Teddy Bryant finished another drive with a four-yard touchdown pass to Ian Rhodes. “We like to spread it out, give them a few passes. It keeps the defense on their toes,” said Bryant. With just over four minutes to go in the first half, Brad Crisanty broke off a 36-yard touchdown run making it a 21-0 game. The Vikings offense was led by senior Matt Ewing, who is taking over for injured starting quarterback Alex Ford. He called his own number and kept the ball on most plays including a rushing touchdown run in the fourth quarter for the Vikings only points of the game. The second half opened up with a 60-yard touchdown run by Sutter who ran seven times for 116 yards and two scores. Six minutes into the third quarter Grizzlies Coach Ernie Cooper put back-up and junior quarterback Mike Borgesi to spread the wealth around. “We were down on Monday after the loss to Roseville, then we had three of our best practices all week,” Cooper said. Junior Travis Nicholas contributed to the Grizzlies commanding lead with a two-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter followed by junior Matt Kine with a 55-yard run for six points. “Nine players including seven starters sat on the bench Friday night after violating team rules,” Cooper said. “We really have a team this year” he added. We had seven starters out but seven young men really stepped up tonight. Our guys prepared really well and we played really well.” Cooper hopes to have the suspended players return for next week’s away game against Woodcreek.