No. 9 Grizzlies Take Down The Undefeated

The Grassfield defense was all over the field on Friday night. Holding the high powered Wildcat offense to just 14 points, which was their least amout of points they have scored this season
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Emery breaks a long 80-yard touchdown run early in the first quarter to set the tone for the Grizzlies. This was just one of the five rushing touchdwons on the night for Grassfield....
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Grassfield showed up Friday night at undefeated Great Bridge with tremendous focus and poise as the Grizzlies handed the Wildcats their first loss of the year. The two teams were put to the test as rainy conditions would play a huge part in the way this game would be played. Great Bridge had star quarterback Brad Hudson and a strong passing attack that was limited by slippery conditions all night long. Of the two teams, Grassfield was more suited to the run pounding, ground game with an impressive showing by their offensive line. In the 757gameday "Game of the week", Grassfield beat Great Bridge with a final score of 34-14.

This game got off to a great start when Grassfield tailback Alfonso Emery busted through the middle of Great Bridge's defense on his way to a 79-yard touchdown run, less than 30 seconds into the game. After that however, the weather helped slow this game way down as both teams struggled to gain any momentum. Grassfield quarterback, Tyler Clark had a few missed opportunities in the first half, almost connecting with electric receiver Terrell Johnson three times for what would have been plays. On the other side, Great Bridge couldn't string together enough good plays to get into the end zone until, with 12 seconds left in the half, after carrying his team down the field Brad Hudson scores on a 1-yard QB keeper making the score 7-7 at halftime.

At halftime, coach Asprey of Grassfield and his staff made the right adjustments as the Grizzlies would score 27 unanswered points. The first score was an Alfonso Emery 3-yard touchdown with 8:30 remaining in the third quarter. Senior tailback, Bruce Smith would punch in a 5-yard touchdown with 4:34 left in the third. A few minutes later Emery struck again, with his third touchdown of the night, this one from 44-yards out.

Grassfield crushed any attempt of a comeback when fullback Nick Warack ran in a 14-yard touchdown with ease putting the score at 34-7 early in the fourth quarter. Great Bridge never gave up on the hopes of a comeback and fought until the last whistle. They would get a final score with 2:43 left in the game when Brad Hudson connected with leading receiver Trey Bray for a 30-yard touchdown pass making the final score 34-14.

Coach Asprey said after the game, "It was a tough, hard fought game and I'm happy with the way we played." The Grizzlies will host Hickory next week as they look to remain in the playoff picture. Great Bridge will have to find a way and pick themselves up after their first loss of the season and travel to Indian River next week.

The final stats for the game were, Grassfield quarterback Tyler Clark was 6-12 passing with 74 yards. Tailback Alfonso Emery had 14 carries for 189 yards and three scores. Fullback Nick Warack added 4 carries for 69 yards and one touchdown. On the Great Bridge side, quarterback Brad Hudson was 18-31 passing with 185 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions. Receiver Trey Bray caught 5 balls for 59 yards and one score.

Scoring Summary

First Quarter:
Grassfield - Alfonso Emery 79-yard touchdown run (Kick Good)

Second Quarter:
Great Bridge - Brad Hudson 1-yard touchdown run (Kick Good)

Third Quarter:
Grassfield - Alfonso Emery 3-yard touchdown run (Kick Failed)
Grassfield - Bruce Smith 5-yard touchdown run (Kick Good)
Grassfield - Alfonso Emery 44-yard touchdown run (Kick Good)

Fourth Quarter:
Grassfield - Nick Warack 14-yard touchdown run (Kick Good)
Great Bridge - Brad Hudson to Trey Bray 30-yard touchdown pass (Kick Good)

Coach Nieman Analysis
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It was a wet and cold night for two top 10 teams. I am sure that Great Bridge didn't like the weather conditions, as they have been torching their opponents through the air with QB Brad Hudson. On the other side, Grassfield showed not only can they use Tyler Clark to pick apart defenses, but they can also run the ball, as all five of their touchdowns were from the running game. None the less Grassfield showed that they are one of the top teams in the 757 by going on the road in terrible conditions and getting the win from a team that was 6-0 for the time since 1986. Grassfield will move up in the polls after tonights win and will be favored to win the rest of their games this season, which will make them a hot 8-2 team heading into the playoffs.

Player of the Game
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Grassfield tailback Alfonso Emery finished the night with 14 carries for 189 yards and 3 touchdowns.

Statistics done by Matt Aiton