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Friday Night Lights – Sardis SV had the Bye, Grizzlies Beat St Thomas Moore in the Annual Homecoming Game

Sardis/Chilliwack – For this week’s Friday Night Lights, the Sardis Senior Varsity Football Falcons had the bye. They play an exhibition game against Belmont (Langford) at Rick Klassen Field on the holiday Friday September 30. The official dedication of the new field name is 1:30PM with the game following at 2PM.

GW Graham Senior Varsity squad beat St Thomas Moore Knights 38-13 at Exhibition Stadium. This was the annual homecoming game.

The Senior Varsity Grizzlies are on the road for their next tilt on Saturday afternoon October 1 against Vancouver College.

From Ian Parksi :

AAA East – GW Graham Grizzlies – 38

AAA Central – St. Thomas More Knights – 13

The Grizzlies finished off their exhibition schedule with a fantastic Friday Night Lights atmosphere in their “Whiteout” homecoming game. Over 1500 people showed up to support their team at Exhibition Stadium.

Quarterback Lucas Feaver was 17/29 for 232 yards and a TD in the first three quarters, while QB Aiden Hewitt was 4/6 for 77 yards and 1 TD.

Running Back Maleky Colgiu had 19 carries for 54 yards on the ground with 2 rushing TD’s, as well as 24 yards receiving and another TD. Yapo Conteh had 32 yards rushing on 5 carries, and 1TD.

Tyson Orregaard led the air attack with 9 receptions for 125 yards, and Brayden Macdonald had 5 catches for 67 yards and a TD. Carter Dallas added 3 catches for 57 yards, and Christian Beck added 3 catches for 56 yards.

While the first half was a defensive battle, only 12-3 at the half, STM had a big goal line stand (which turned into a Grizzlies safety by Defensive End Vincent Branauer). Linebacker Riley Ashley led the stingy defence with 5 solo tackles, and 3 helpers, while Branauer added 5 more tackles (3 tackles for loss, & 1 sack). “Any time a team can hold an opponent to two first downs in the first half, and then get 18 different players to register a tackle in the game, you will have an extremely proud Defensive Coordinator. These boys are fighting hard for playing time” DC Ian Parks was quoted after the game.

Specials were a big part of this game, as Brayden Fraser had a fumble recovery on a Josh Seo Punt and Owen Lal recovered a Seo onside kick to give the Grizzlies great field position into their next offensive series. Seo was 3 for 3 on PAT’S, and kicked a 26 yard field goal as well.

Coach Acheson said “It was great complimentary football. All three aspects of the game were needed to get this win against a tough, talented opponent.

The 4-0 Grizzlies look to keep those cylinders firing when they head to play the Vancouver College Fighting Irish next Saturday at 1:30pm for their first regular season game.

2022 GW Graham Grizzlies Homecoming Game/
Jilly McCaughan

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