Granite Bay rolls over Roseville in Pee Wee battle of unbeatens

Junior Grizzlies score on first play; Smartt, Woodcreek Midgets slay Sacramento Dragons
By: Roseville Press Tribune Staff Reports
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Tristan Lee scored on a 47-yard run on Granite Bay’s first play from scrimmage, and the Junior Grizzlies went on to roll over host Roseville 30-0 in a Sierra Valley USA Youth Football & Cheer Pee Wee battle of unbeatens Saturday at Hanson Field.

Granite Bay quarterback Joey Washburn recorded his first 100-yard passing game and threw touchdown passes of 22 and 65 yards to Matthew Solone. Vincent Ellison had a 21-yard scoring run for the Grizzlies (4-1), and Chase Garmon made 3 of 4 two-point conversion kicks.

Granite Bay’s defense made a goal-line stand to end the first half. Also, Ellison had an interception, Kevin Harris caused a fumble, and Kevin McFarland made big plays at cornerback.

“Everyone contributed. It was a true team victory,” Grizzlies head coach John Nogrady said.

Junior Midgets

Granite Bay 22, Roseville 0 — Evan Strasser led a defensive charge as the Grizzlies (4-1) stopped the Tigers (2-3) inside the 10-yard line on the game’s first series, and Evan Tattersall turned a sweep into a 98-yard touchdown run two plays later to send Granite Bay on its way to a victory.

The Grizzlies’ defense denied another Roseville touchdown and turned it into their own score late in the third quarter when Blake Peterson took away the ball from a Roseville runner and turned his second fumble recovery of the game into a 99-yard ramble.

Josh Farr threw a 40-yard pass to Jade Foddrill in the second quarter for Granite Bay’s other touchdown.

“Knowing how much time and commitment these boys have given to the program, it was nice to see them having fun and celebrating all of those exciting plays,” Grizzlies head coach Jeff Powers said.


Woodcreek 30, Sacramento 0 — Stone Smartt rolled left and threw a touchdown pass to Jake Moenning in a corner of the end zone to break a scoreless tie with about a minute left in the first half, and the Junior Timberwolves (3-1) went on to roll over the Junior Dragons (0-4).

Smartt threw two scoring passes in the second half, as Tyler England ran over a defender en route to the end zone and Marco Esquivel made an over-the-shoulder catch. J.C. Santini had a one-yard touchdown plunge on fourth down late in the third period.

Junior Pee Wee

Woodcreek 14, Sacramento 6 — Caleb Nelson rushed for 153 yards and two touchdowns in seven carries as the Timberwolves came back from a 6-0 halftime deficit to beat the Dragons.

Aidan Mack had four receptions for 38 yards and Jr. Kyubwa six carries for 25 yards, and each converted an extra point.

Sean Myles lead the Woodcreek defense with seven tackles, and Dylan Shannon, Wyatt Barsdale and Brock McKinney had five tackles each. Mack and Hunter Steinhoff each had a sack.

Also, Woodcreek lost the Junior Midget game 37-7, the Pee Wee contest 28-0 and the Mighty Mite game 36-0.

Mighty Mite

Roseville, Granite Bay tie — Evan Bishop’s 46-yard run set up a 27-yard touchdown by Jayce Latson, highlighting Granite Bay’s tie with Roseville. Latson and Zack Annis led the Grizzlies’ defense.


Keiki Kickers 1, Manta Rays 0 — Ashlyn Egan’s pass set up a goal by Annika Gresko for the Kickers in the U12 match. Sparking the defense in the shutout were Elliana Meyling, Julia Barnes, Alexia Garcia and Makenzie Towle.

Cougars 4, Thunder 1 — Jayce Sanford scored his first career goal in the Cougars’ victory over the Thunder in a Roseville Youth Soccer Club U10 match. Elias Durazo, Ted Faith and Bret Knudsen also scored. Goalie Thomas Plaskett made several good saves, and Mason Lee played well on defense.

Earthquakes 3, Huskies 1 — Parker Hellekson, Andrew Curtan and Michael Marovich scored a goal each for the Earthquakes in the U8 match. Brady Standard and Timothy Bogan played aggressively on defense.