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Varsity Loses Heart-breaker to Granite Bay, 31-28

Varsity vs Granite Bay HS on 10/15/2010 7:30:00 PM
Posted Tuesday, October 19, 2010 by The Roseville Press Tribune
Granite Bay beats Woodcreek on field goal with :00.7 left
Chris Campbell's 38-yarder comes less than a minute after Timberwolves tie game
By Bill Poindexter

Granite Bay High School kicker Chris Campbell admitted to being “a little scared” when he trotted onto the field with 4.6 seconds remaining in Friday night’s game at Woodcreek – week two in the Sierra Foothill League, a tie game, and the Grizzlies calling on him to win it with a field goal into a breeze that arrived just in time to catch the ending.

Nah, no need to be scared.

The host Timberwolves called a timeout before the snap, and that was all Campbell needed to calm down.

“The nerves actually went down, so I actually liked being iced,” the senior with the big right foot said. “It gives me more time just to think about it, which when I think, that’s when I perform.”

Campbell performed, all right. His 38-yard field goal darted left and right and up and down as it shot through the warm October night air and through crossbars with seven-tenths of a second left to give Granite Bay a 31-28 victory.

His kick left a few Woodcreek players on the ground, deflated again following their second tough loss in a row.
“Right when I kicked it, it just hit a sweet spot. The headwind took it different directions,” Campbell said. “It went beautifully through.”

Teammate Andrew Wright gave Woodcreek fits with his well-timed blitzes that flattened Timberwolves star running back Blake Cervantes and took off his helmet on one play, but Campbell’s kick left Wright almost speechless.

“That was probably the most important kick I’ve ever seen, and I’m glad it went our way,” said the 6-foot-1-inch, 225-pound senior linebacker. “Oh man, it was … uh … it’s … I can’t describe it. It’s a lot of adrenaline.”

Woodcreek (4-3, 0-2 SFL) overcame a 25-14 deficit with two 80-yard drives in the second half – one covering 14 plays and the other 16 plays.

Cervantes, who rushed for 117 yards in 23 carries, scored his second touchdown of the night on a five-yard run late in the third quarter.

A 31-yard field goal by Campbell made it 28-20 with 7:54 left in the game, and the Timberwolves went marching again. Shaun Mize’s two-yard touchdown pass to Michael Blair on fourth down made it 28-26 with 49.2 seconds left, and the Timberwolves tied it on Mize’s two-point toss to Andrew Lara.

Granite Bay (5-2, 2-0 SFL) started its winning drive at its 20-yard line and with all three timeouts. The Grizzlies set up Campbell when Cory Brehm broke several tackles on a 44-yard run to the Woodcreek 24. Danny Thomas led the Grizzlies with 129 yards in 19 carries, and Brehm had 122 yards in 11 carries.

“They were playing everybody way back,” Granite Bay coach Ernie Cooper said. “We had three timeouts when the drive started, and I thought, let’s run the ball a little bit. We get a couple 10-, 12-yarders, and we did, and then Cory breaks that big one. It was just a simple run play.”

Granite Bay 31, Woodcreek 28

 Granite Bay 6 12 7 6 31
 Woodcreek 7 7 6 8 28

GB – Bertolino 12 pass from Keeney (kick wide)
Wood – Cervantes 2 run (Reeves kick)
Wood – Nourth 5 pass from Mize (Reeves kick)
GB – Brehm 15 run (pass failed)
GB – Kasner 7 pass from Keeney (pass failed)
GB – Thomas 19 run (Campbell kick)
Wood – Cervantes 5 run (pass failed)
GB – FG Campbell 31
Wood – Blair 2 pass from Mize (Lara pass from Mize)
GB – FG Campbell 38

Individual statistics
RUSHING – Granite Bay, Thomas 19-129, Brehm 11-122, Keeney 2-12, Pierce 2-5, Campbell 1-minus 5. Woodcreek, Cervantes 23-117, Mize 9-61, Nourth 9-49, Reeves 1-minus 18.

PASSING – Granite Bay, Keeney 13-19-1, 163. Woodcreek, Mize 10-17-1, 118.

RECEIVING – Granite Bay, Holt 4-54, Kasner 4-42, Brehm 3-44, Bertolino 1-12, Thomas 1-11. Woodcreek, Whitebear 3-46, Nourth 3-40, Zuverink 2-25, Summers 1-5, Blair 1-2.

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