The Lassen High School Grizzlies football teams capped off its homecoming week with two huge victories over the Central Valley Falcons.
The JV kicked off the Friday, Oct. 11 celebrations beating Central Valley 50-0 in a crushing upset. The varsity Grizzlies kept up the momentum with a 48-7 win over the Falcons.
Following the JV game and the homecoming celebrations, the Grizzlies took to the field and immediately after kicking off to the Falcons, established their defensive dominance by not allowing the Falcons to gain a yard, forcing a first minute punt return back to the Grizzlies.
The Grizzlies’ first play on offense displayed a whole level of skill over the Falcons when quarterback Brock Wolf found receiver Aaron Ogburn open on the Falcons’ left flank, but Ogburn, noticing the Falcons defense closing in, made a lateral pass to Nick Valdez who ran it seven yards for second down and three to go.
The Grizzlies immediately confused the Falcon’s defense with a fake pass play with Wolf instead handing the ball to Tavin Fowler. Fowler then ran straight through the Falcons defense for a Grizzly touchdown just a minute and a half in the first quarter Valdez landing the extra point.
The Grizzlies kept the pressure on with another fast turnover and another touchdown by Fowler, but Valdez missed the extra point kick.
The Grizzlies continued this pattern through the rest of the first half. The Falcons would be forced into a punt return, and the Grizzlies’ offense would take it all the way, finishing the first half 41-0 over the Falcons.
Going into the third quarter, the Grizzlies continued with a strong offense as Tyler Schwagerl landed the Grizzlies’ last touchdown, rushing through the Falcons’ defensive line and Valdez putting up the last PAT of the game.
Once the fourth quarter came about, the Grizzlies lead was established, but the Falcons pressed on, and half way through the final quarter they managed their one and only touchdown of the game, landing them at 47-7 under the Grizzlies.
Valdez and Fowler boasted some impressive rushing yards at 66 and 49 respectivley, while Ogburn finished at 92 receiving yards and quarterback Wolf threw for a total of 189 total yards.
The Grizzlies faced off against the Anderson Cubs away Friday, Oct. 18, results were unavailable at press time.
Look for the results in the Tuesday, Oct. 29 issue of the Lassen County Times.