Grizzlies play annual Purple and Gold Game
Despite the game being flag football, some tackling inevitably took place as the players were swept up in the intensity of competition. The gold team won the game, 4-0. Photos by Maddie Musante
Quarterback for the purple team, Jacob Atkinson, evades the gold team’s defense and looks to make a pass.
June 12 — The Lassen High School junior varsity and varsity football teams took the field Friday, May 31 for the annual Purple and Gold Game, giving fans a little taste of what they can expect in the coming fall.
Two teams made up of both JV and varsity players were formed, one purple and one gold. The two teams then played each other in a good old-fashioned game of flag football. While flag football usually means minimal contact, the intensity of competition and challenge of grabbing other players’ flags inevitably led to some tackling.
The gold team was the first to score, which was an indicator of how the game would end. Despite the efforts of the purple team, gold won, 4-0.
A dinner of hamburgers, chips, dessert and a drink was sold to fans during and prior to the start of the game, allowing fans to enjoy tasty barbecue while watching the game. Proceeds from the dinner sales helped fund players’ fees for attending Gold Beach football camp.
“It was fun … the competition is always interesting,” said head coach Tom St. Jacques. The Purple and Gold Game is the first chance coaches and fans get to see what the players are really made of. Despite watching the team practice prior to the game, St. Jacques said there is something about competition that brings out the true skills and talents of a player. The game allows him to see which players step up the intensity under pressure and which ones shy away.
The Grizzlies will return 14 seniors to next season’s team, the smallest number of seniors St. Jacques says he has ever had. He expects the senior players to act as leaders and role models for the other players, but said success will be a whole team effort.
The Grizzlies will travel to Gold Beach, Ore. on Saturday, June 15 to participate in Gold Beach Football Team Camp. St. Jacques said he is looking forward to camp. It is a time when he can get players away from the distractions of home and have them focus entirely on football. “It’s a big team-building camp,” he said.
Lassen will compete with 17 different teams at camp and St. Jacques is confident the team will come back better and stronger.