Backup quarterback Wyatt Uzick rallied the GW Graham junior Grizzlies to a 34-28 football win over the Langley Saints last Thursday.
With starter Jordon Breuker sidelined by the flu, Uzick stepped in and led his crew to their fourth win of the year.
Uzick struggled early, throwing an interception.
But he bounced back later, getting into a groove with big pass completions to Kyle Helsloot and Emerson Smith.
All of GWG’s points came on the ground. Filling in for injured starter Tristan Davis, running back Billy Hanson rumbled for two majors, and added a third on a 75 yard kickoff return.
Tyler Sprott added two touchdown runs.
Linebackers Cainen Burgh and Cyrus Tommy led the Grizzlies defence, with each player recording several tackles and a quarterback sack.
A huge Friday night matchup has the Grizzlies hosting the AAA W.J. Mouat Hawks at Chilliwack’s Exhibition Stadium.
Both teams are 4-1, and the result could have a major impact on playoff seeding — the Grizzlies may play in the AA or AAA playoffs depending on the outcome.
The senior squad fell to 1-4 with a Friday night road loss in Mission. The Grizzly D had no answer for Roadrunners Evan Horton and Jesse Walker, who did most of the damage in a 55-27 final.
Burgh played up a level and held his own, making several tackles. Linebacker Kehayiw McKay played well, and defensive backs Austin Creasey and Josh Pretty delivered thunderous hits on Mission pass catchers.
The GWG offence was led by quarterback Brandon McCormick, who threw four TD tosses.
Jake Creasey caught two of them, with Trey Walsh and Isaiah McFarlane also finding the endzone.
Walsh got some snaps at running back, picking up 87 yards on 12 carries behind offensive linemen Josh Mander and Diego Pineda.
The senior squad hosts Pitt Meadows Friday night in the back half of the Homecoming double header at Exhibition Stadium.
The juniors kick off at 5 p.m.
The seniors follow at 7 p.m.