Granite Bay outworks Nevada Union 49-7 in SFL finale

By: Jeremy McDonald, Press Tribune correspondent
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With Sac-Joaquin Section football playoff seeding on the line Friday night against Nevada Union, pressure couldn't have been higher for Granite Bay to perform at their best.

The Grizzles surely did that, winning in a dominant fashion, 49-7 over a struggling Miners squad.

“We had to come in hot and end healthy and we did that,” Granite Bay coach Skip Albano said.

Granite Bay came out hot on both sides of the ball in this one.

Defensively, they forced three straight three-and-outs, while keeping Nevada Union deep in their territory.

Of the first three possessions, the Grizzles offense put up three offensive touchdowns; two Josh Neal touchdown passes (one to Will Stabbert and another to Dylan Keeney) and a three-yard score by Kirk McKeon.

Granite Bay recovered a fumbled that set up great field position on the Nevada Union 35.  A Keeney reception in double-coverage kept the drive alive on fourth down and resulted in another Neal touchdown; this time to Ben Smith to increase their lead to 28 points.

Two quick turnovers by the Grizzles led to two quick touchdowns to set up a 42-0 lead heading into halftime.

“We came out hot,” Keeney said, “We didn’t want to let up. Our focus was big and we kept them on their toes.”

The Grizzles have sealed a spot in the postseason. The SJS will announce seeds this weekend.

“It’s no different than from the regular season,” Albano said. “It just has a different title to it.  We are just trying to stay healthy.”