Granger remained blemish free in district play in Friday night’s home win over the Burton Panthers 18-12. On a night, the winds howled, two-point conversions and PAT’s were not hitting their mark.
The Lions jumped ahead first on an 8-yard touchdown run by Abraham Cadena, the PAT failed, and the Lions led 6-0 in the opening quarter.
Granger would add six more when Tripp Wilkie had a fumble recovery near the Burton goal line. The two point try by the Lions was unsuccessful and they led 12-0 in the first.
Burton would find paydirt in the second quarter on a 4-yard score cutting the Lions lead in half heading into the break at 12-6.
Johnny Ryder pushed in from 9-yards out in third quarter to put the Lions back up by twelve at 18-6.
Burton scored their final points of the night in the third quarter on a 20- yard passing score. Another failed 2-point attempt finished off the night as both teams were held scoreless in the final frame.
“(It) Wasn’t pretty, but a win is a win,” said Coach Stephen Brosch in his comments after the game.
Thomas Rhoades went 4 for 12 passing on the night with only 32 yards. Rhoades was also the leading rusher with 23 carries for 129 yards. Ryder had 3 catches for 20-yards, and DJ McClelland led the defense with 11 tackles.
With the win the Lions improve to 7-1 on the season and remain unbeaten at 5-0 in district play. Next week the Lions travel to face the Snook Blue Jays in a match that will decide the district champion.