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Grizzlies hurt by Pride

From page A7 | October 14, 2013 | 12 Comments

GARDEN VALLEY — If Friday night’s game against Bradshaw Christian is an indication how the rest of the Sierra Delta League campaign goes, then it’s every-team-will-gun-to-dethrone defending league champion Golden Sierra as the Pride did behind three, quick first quarter scores that helped lead to a 42-7 win.

“Thats one real good, well-coached team over there” said Bradshaw coach Drew Rickert of the Grizzlies. “Their record is not real indicative of how good they are. We wanted to get out to a good start and get on the board quick.”

The visiting Pride wasted little time, scoring on their fourth play of the game, a Grant Dragmire 75-yard run. The Pride offense methodically took five minutes and 11 plays find the end zone again for a 14-0 lead.

“Bradshaw (Christian) definitely came into tonight with something to prove,” Golden Sierra coach John Hilton said. “They came out and gave us a real good shot to the mouth. I thought we could have competed with them earlier on but they really got us out of sync early.”

After a second straight three-and-out series by the Grizzlies, the Pride needed just one play to score as Kevin Williams connected with Kyle Betts on a 45 yard scoring toss. The offense woes continued for the home team as its next drive ended with a interception.

“Against a team like Bradshaw you can’t afford to turn the ball over,” Hilton said. ” We had too many turnovers and against a team like that and the way they were playing, we can’t make those kinds of mistakes.”

Daniel Lesher’s interception stopped the Pride on their next drive and set up the Grizzlies’ lone score. After a big 22-yard run by Brian Cann moved Golden Sierra to its 42, Cann found room around the left end for a 58-yard touchdown run. The senior led the team with 99 yards on nine carries.

Bradshaw added two more first-half scores and after a late third quarter fumble added its final points.

“We talked at halftime that the first half really wasnt the type of team we were,” Hilton said. ” This group of guys, they understand the situtation and playing with pride. I thought they did that the second half.”

Cameron Stephens and Jeff Khlan added 35 yards rushing each for the Grizzlies. Stephens added a 18 yard reception. Nick White had two catches for 19 yards. Lesher passed for 48 yards.

Golden Sierra’s JV kept rolling along in its undefeated season, this time by way of a 38-8 win over Lindhurst.


Discussion | 12 comments

  • TimmyOctober 14, 2013 - 5:10 pm

    When those boys from JV and the JV coach move up, Golden Sierra will be unstoppable. The next two years will be a historical run for the Griz. That varsity team should have been the same way. Too much talent moved away to other schools.

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  • Toni Marie WebsterOctober 14, 2013 - 9:57 pm

    observing the coaching staff of both teams it takes a head coach & great staff back up...Varsity has a good head coach but his staff has been bullying the football players for the last three years ...JV coach has a wonderful staff & the players respect them..YES ..players have left to play for other schools after playing on the JV team... LOOK at the records of the JV head coach for the last ten years & the respect the parents & kids have for him & his staff..He has been with these kids since Jr Grizzlies started on the Divide!! Thank You...OBSERVER FOR KIDS

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  • Everyone on the DivideOctober 14, 2013 - 10:32 pm

    The whole community is ready for him to move up with those kids. It's the only logical option. He's Golden Sierra Alumni. He's the best there is. He's pasionate for these boys and this game....from the Jr PeeWees to the Varsity level. He's a natural leader and the kids will do anything for him. It's his if he wants it. I like Hamilton and I really hope he stays on to help the JV guys. But Coach Nordby will be your next Varsity Head Coach for the Grizzles.

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  • Eric AgeeOctober 16, 2013 - 6:27 pm

    All players have been invited up to varsity. There will be a football family meeting, both varsity and JV in the stands on Monday at 530 I ask that the rumors and other negative comments end. The negativity online and talking without all the facts only tarnish our proud football family. Thank you

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  • the goonOctober 17, 2013 - 3:52 pm

    From what I can see Logan Kirby has more rushing yards then the Griz have on total offense. What a shame.....

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  • KarmaOctober 17, 2013 - 8:58 pm

    Weird how all of a sudden it's okay for Sophomores to move up now but wasn't when Kirby was playing. Good to see him doing so well. Bad move on the current Grizzly regime

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  • Lori KirbyOctober 18, 2013 - 12:06 pm

    Yes, Karma, it is amazing the rule only lasted for one year! I am happy for the sophomores that have gotten their chance before/after Logan to move up to varsity. Personally, I think Golden Sierra needs to start by getting rid of their "dead weight" administration and you do know who you are! You're definitely DO NOT have the kids best interest at heart!

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  • Timmy2October 18, 2013 - 12:18 pm

    The AD if you want to call him that is a Joke. Not even sure he is ever sober enough to remember it's about the kids.

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  • Phil VeerkampOctober 18, 2013 - 12:30 pm

    Lori - Tammy2, would your school admin ever do this?-------> LINK - Police e-mail surfaces backing high school athlete suspended for aiding drunk friend

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  • Lori KirbyOctober 19, 2013 - 9:09 am

    Phil....They did even better, we moved our son, Logan, to El Dorado High School for his Junior year and GSHS Principal and AD worked very hard together to make up a 2 page letter full of lies, rumors and hear-say to fax to the CIF(because the didn't have enough guts to show it to me) and get my son suspended from ALL sports for 1 year! I do admit that 1 paragraph in the whole letter was true and my son did go over to Eldo and practice with them before school ended at GSHS but he had already been enrolled for the next year at Eldo and everything signed off and both AD's knew about it and nobody told him it was against CIF rules and we don't sit around reading their handbook, maybe we should have. He's just a kid that LOVES football and wanted to play! This ruined Logan's Junior year in more ways than I can tell you but he's back bigger and stronger than ever and I have faith he'll be right where he wants to be come college season! These 2 administrators did everything they could to ruin my son's high school football career while he was there and after he left, I don't feel people like this should be in the position to handle kids lives and futures! They didn't have Logan's best interest at heart from the day he started frosh football when the AD was his coach!

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  • Phil VeerkampOctober 18, 2013 - 12:32 pm

    OOPS! Timmy2 not Tammy2 - sry!

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  • The InternetOctober 18, 2013 - 4:39 pm

    When is the last time you saw a request to stop talking negative on a comment board work? Proud Football Family looks like a stretch from what I hear about that organization and leadership. That article really sounds familiar...but I thought it was a drunk coach getting a ride home. How is that acceptable?

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