It's always nice to send the Homecoming crowd home happy with a win.
Gridley did just that last Friday night, rallying for a 19-18 win over visiting Las Plumas.
And the Bulldogs had to get it done in dramatic fashion on this special night.
With 22 seconds remaining in regulation, Bulldog quarterback Jace Villapania found Brandon Lara in the end zone to give Gridley a thrilling come-from-behind victory over the Thunderbirds in the Butte View League opener at the Boneyard.
The 6-yard touchdown pass was set up after Davis Mardesich returned a kickoff 55 yards to set the Bulldogs up at Las Plumas’ 30-yard line.
For Gridley, the frantic finish came after a defense-dominated first half that saw Las Plumas take a 3-0 lead into the locker room.
Villapania finished the night with 103 yards rushing and a TD.
Through the air, Villapania completed 12 for 25 passes for 106 yards and two scores.
"We'll take it," first-year Gridley head coach Matt Kemmis said. "We found a way to win there at the end. Las Plumas is a good team."
Gridley (5-1, 1-0 BVL) will travel to play Sutter in a pivotal league showdown this week.
Meanwhile, the Bulldogs’ junior varsity team (6-0, 1-0) remained perfect with a 37-0 win over the Thunderbirds.
Cameron Carr had one rushing touchdown and two passing touchdowns. He rushed for 39 yards and threw for 95.
Biggs 33, Portola 0
Meanwhile, at Portola, the Wolverines relied on their Wing-T ground game and were rewarded with a MTVL win, improving to 5-2 overall and 2-1 in league play.
The senior backfield duo of Brian Caro and Bryce Scott led the way for Biggs, with Caro carrying the ball 11 times for 120 yards and a TD.
Scott added 133 yards and two touchdowns on just three carries.
The Wolverines are off with a bye this week.
Winters 54, Live Oak 6
At Live Oak, the Lions continued to struggle in their SVL opener, falling to 0-7 on the year.
David Topete had the lone bright spot for Live Oak, returning a kickoff 90 yards for a score.
The Lions hope to be more competitive against a 1-6 Willows team this week.
Live Oak got the win in the junior varsity contest, 42-0, to pick up their fourth victory of the year.
Roman Jimenez scored three TDs and blocked a field goal, and Odin Moody passed the 100-yard mark on the ground and scored a TD for the JV Lions.