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Gridley Herald - Gridley, CA
  • Déjà vu: Wolverines looking to change history

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  • Just 365 days ago, there was a great buzz hovering around the Biggs High Football program. New coaches, new uniforms, a whole new feel. The Wolverines held a record of 2-0 after beating their first two opponents almost 100-0, the punter had yet to show his face, and everyone was contributing. Then, things changed. The Wolverines archrival for at least the last 40 years, the East Nicolas Spartans, came to town and bested Biggs 32-6. Biggs seemed to hang their heads for the next few months, and the dreamy feeling—the hope of returning to their former glory—vanished into thin air. Fast forward to the present, the buzz is back. People are believing again. Biggs is currently 2-0 and has manhandled their first two opponents, Fall River and Williams, outscoring them 70-22. And yes, neither hide nor hair has been seen of the Wolverines' punter. Déjà vu! Friday night, everyone with a Wolverine seat cushion in their coat closet that isn't cutting rice will load up and head to Trowbridge to watch a rivalry game that has lasted through the ages. But will the Wolverines collapse under pressure, or will they rise to the occasion? That answer truly lies within the hearts of the current Wolverine football team. Game time is slated at 7 p.m. As for last week, Biggs had to overcome some outside distractions before posting a 36-6 win in Williams against the previously unbeaten Yellow Jackets. Someone forgot to schedule officials causing the contest was delayed, while the JV game was reduced to a scrimmage only. Offensively, Biggs moved the ball well all night, with the entire backfield getting in on the scoring. Nate Callaway led all rushers with 132 yards on 14 carries and a score. Dalton Evenson, who is probably the most photographed running back in the North State, scored once and ended the evening with 57 yards. I say the most photographed because every time the 5'2”, 120 pounder touches the ball shutters go wild on every camera on the field. Evenson does some very exciting stuff every time he touches the ball and is a whole lot of fun to watch. None of the photographers want to miss out on his show. Greyson Milburn, the Wolverines' fullback, punched in a touchdown of his own and finished the night with 44 yards. Quarterback Blaine Roles scored twice, while kicker Israel Farfan added an impressive 36-yard field goal and went 3 for 5 in extra points. Farfan caused a game delay of his own after he kicked one of his extra points into the Yellow Jackets' parking lot. Roles completed 5 of 11 passes for 132 yards, and he is showing some great poise early in the season. The six-foot-five tight end Caleb Melton caught a Roles' pass for a 40-yard gain. Biggs' defense did a pretty good job of containing the Yellow Jackets' fly sweep offense, forcing the Panthers' longtime coach Dan McDonald to go to the air. After some early success, the Williams offense found themselves chasing Biggs' defensive backs Nathan Callaway and Dalton Evenson after some pretty timely picks. In the tackling department, Biggs had good stats from Lane Bennett with 8 stops, while Milburn had four tackles from the middle of the field. Johnny Jackson added five tackles of his own, while Estaban Villapando, Melton, and Andrew Ramos each picked up three. Jake Owen had a sack, and Evenson added two. Ramos and Owen, who have not had a lot of recognition but put out stellar effort week after week, have been a major impact on the outcome of the Wolverines' first two games.

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