Gridley shuts out Live Oak to retain Harvest Bowl trophy

 

The Gridley High School football team has dominated the Harvest Bowl rivalry game with area rival Live Oak in recent years: The Bulldogs had won four straight coming into last Friday night’s renewal of the rivalry.

Make that five in a row.

Gridley turned in a completely dominant performance on both sides of the ball at the Boneyard, blowing out the Lions, 55-0 to improve to 2-1 on the young 2017 season.

The Bulldogs got their rushing offense untracked in a big way, with 288 yards and six TDs.

First-year coach Matt Kemmis said he was proud of his team’s effort in the big game.

“I got here in March, and I could tell in the community that the Harvest Bowl is a big deal,” Kemmis said.

Junior running back Jorge Moran was a big part of the Bulldogs’ offensive explosion, with 166 yards and two TDs on 16 carries.

The Bulldogs travel to Paradise this Friday night.

Biggs 42, Foresthill 0

At Biggs, the Wolverines hit on all cylinders to improve to 3-1 on the season.

Biggs coach Tyler Rutledge said it was an all-around effort by his team.

“We played well on both offense and defense,” Rutledge said.

The Wolverines open Mountain Valley League play this Friday night at home against Chester.

Rutledge said his team is right where it needs to be as league play beckons.