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Gridley Herald - Gridley, CA
  • Biggs opens season with true test

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  • On Friday night, the Biggs Wolverines will find out just where they stand in the big picture of Division IV football. According to Maxpreps.com Biggs' opponent, the Fall River Bulldogs are ranked #1 in the section. Fall River is coming off a 38-0 shellacking of the Burney Raiders. Fall River returns several key starters from last year’s playoff worthy squad. Biggs is looking to improve on their disappointing 4-6 season a year ago. The Wolverines are led by returning QB Blaine Roles; in fact, the entire Wolverine backfield is comprised of returning starters. Greyson Milburn, Dalton Evenson, and Nate Callaway will supply plenty of firepower in the wishbone attack. Jake Owen and Wyatt Cain will see time in the backfield as well. The 6’5” Caleb Melton is a sure thing at tight end. The offensive line is full of returning starters as well. Johnny Jackson, the teams center is as smart an offensive lineman as you'll find anywhere in the section. Juan Castaneda, Lane Bennett, Andrew Ramos, and Carlos Velasquez round out a very veteran-like squad. Tony Baeza is battling for a starting position on a daily basis. Justynne Dionne and Jake Randolph will add depth for Biggs in the trenches. At receiver, Biggs will look to juniors Estaban Villapando and Jordan Johnson to make it happen in the passing game. Biggs will be looking to add range to its offense through the sure-footed kicking of senior kicker Israel Farfan. Farfan was invited this summer to show off his kicking brilliance for new Cal Bears coach Sonny Dykes. Defensively Biggs will look to improve greatly on stopping opponents. Biggs headman Ron Carr was recently quoted in the Appeal-Democrat as saying, "We just couldn't stop anybody" as the reason for the Wolverines’ 4-6 record last season. Biggs returns seven starters on its defense, led by middle linebacker Greyson Milburn. Milburn is a 3-year varsity starter. Roles, Callaway, Evenson, Castaneda, Bennett, and Ramos are all returning starters on defense. Defensive specialist Preston Castillo, Josh Scott, Shane Millican, and Mason Clark all look to improve on Biggs allowing 27ppg last year. Once again, the Wolverines are optimistic and are looking to find their way into the post season for the first time since 2005. The talented young junior varsity squad will start their season at 5:30.The varsity game is scheduled for 7 p.m.
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