Carlos Garza earned Player of the Game honors for the defensive show he put on Friday night; August 30 as the Granger Lions opened up the 2019 football season with their 12th straight regular season win. Garza had 2 INT’s.
The Blue Jays struck first needing only six plays to find the end zone with 8:05 left in the opening quarter. On Granger’s first possession QB Thomas Rhoades went 0-3 passing forcing the Lions to give up the ball.
After a five-minute drive by the Blue Jays, Garza began his night of takeaways with an interception with under three minutes left in the first. The Lions then drove down with consistency scoring on a 4th and 9 pass to Johnny Ryder for a 33-yard touchdown with 1:15 remaining in the first. The extra point gave Granger a slim 7-6 lead. Seconds later Snook coughed up the ball again. The next play Rhoades gained 27 yards before the drive stalled ending the first twelve minutes of play.
The teams went back and forth for the majority of the second quarter until Ryder hauled in his second touchdown of the night from 19 yards out. The play of the night perhaps came on the ensuing possession when Garza nabbed a 46-yard pick six putting the Lions up 19-6 heading to the break.
In the closing minutes of the third Snook scored on a short run closing the gap to 19-12. Granger answered with a long 2-minute drill culminating in a Carlos Reyna 2-yard carry of the rock pushing the Lions lead back to two scores, 25-12. Snook then coughed up the ball on the kickoff recovered by Ryder. Three minutes later he would find the endzone for the third time in the game on a 8-yard run to extend Granger’s lead to 31-12.
After a garbage touchdown and two more turnovers by Snook the game ended with Lions walking away proud with a 31-18 win and a 1-0 start on the year.
This Friday the Lions will again be at home this Friday to take on the Frost Polar Bears.