The Lassen High School freshmen football team thoroughly enjoyed their first home game Friday, Sept. 8 against the Chico High School Panthers.
After a strong fight for the win, the Grizzlies ultimately left the Panthers fairly disappointed as the score shone 26-8 favoring the home team.
The first touchdown of the game was scored by Lassen with 5:35 remaining of the first quarter. Without a good PAT to follow, Lassen ended the quarter in the lead with a score of 6-0.
The Grizzlies kept it up in quarter two with a strong defensive line keeping the Panthers away from Grizzly territory.
In fact, with less than four minutes remaining of the first half, Brad Garrison ignited a roar of cheers from the home crowd as he successfully tackled the Panther quarterback on the 30-yard line and thus granted offensive possession back to the Grizzlies.
In the final few moments of the half, Lassen advanced on their 6-0 lead with another touchdown. To make up for the failed PAT of the first quarter, Bobby Robles ran in the ball to successfully score a two-point conversion after the touchdown.
Quarter two was finished with a score of 14-0 boosting the Grizzlies’ confidence.
With 2:23 on the board in the third quarter, Robles bumped the Grizzly score up by another six points with a run-in touchdown.
Chico finally managed to make a comeback in the final minute of quarter three with their first touchdown scored. In an attempt to catch up to their rivals, the Panthers then successfully scored a two-point conversion, thus bringing the score up to 20-8, still favoring the Grizzlies.
The final quarter saw another great play with Robles in the limelight as the Grizzly managed to dash from the 50-yard line to the end zone to score yet another Grizzly touchdown.
While the two-point conversion attempt that followed was unsuccessful, the Grizzlies had certainly secured the win with more than nine minutes remaining of the game.
Lassen finished on top with a final score of 26-8 to bring their record for the season up to 1-1.
The first league game for Lassen High will be held at Red Bluff High School Sept. 22.