The Gridley Bulldogs have won the past four Harvest Bowl matchups with area rival Live Oak.
That means the Bulldogs’ current crop of seniors have never lost to the Lions.
And this year’s group of 12 seniors has no intention of letting that tradition expire on the gridiron at the Boneyard tonight.
The Bulldogs (1-1) are coming off a weird week: After their season opener on the road at Willows was postponed to Tuesday, September 5, Gridley pounded the Honkers, 43-7, then had to turn around and travel to Anderson three days later for their regularly scheduled game against the Cubs.
The Bulldogs fell to Anderson, 40-10, and lost senior quarterback Jace Villapania to an ankle injury early in the first quarter.
Villapania’s status is week-to-week, Gridley coach Matt Kemmis said. Villapania has been ruled out for this week’s game, so junior Davis Mardesich is next man up.
It’s Harvest Bowl week, and there’s a game to get ready for.
Seniors Raiden Montero, Bailey Gama and Brandon Lara are ready to defend the hardware.
“You throw the records out for this one,” Montero said.
Game agreed.”It’s a big game,” he added.
Being two area schools just a few miles apart on State Highway 99, the rivalry between the two schools is spirited but usually respectful and even friendly.
But that changes a bit when the two teams take the field, Montero said.
“When the game starts, it’s about winning,” Montero said.
Kempis said his team will have its hands full with the 0-3 Lions.
“They’re better than their record indicates,” Kemmis said. “They’ve got some athletes.”
Controlling the line of scrimmage from the opening kickoff will be critical, Kemmis said.
Kickoff for the J.V. contest on Friday night is slated for 5:30 p.m., with the varsity contest set to follow at about 7:30 p.m.
in the other area game Friday night, Biggs (2-1) hosts Foresthill. The defending CIF Northern Section Division 5 champion Wolverines are coming off a 28-7 win on the road at Mt. Shasta last week.