Back with the Grizzlies after a one-year hiatus

Grizzlies gaining U-S respect

Still a baby compared to well-established football programs, GW Graham is developing at a rapid pace.

GW Graham’s varsity football team once more proved their mettle against American foes on an annual trip to Oregon.

Twenty one Grizzlies, including four from GWG’s junior squad, trekked to Camp Rilea two weekends ago, joining 17 teams from Oregon and Washington State.

The Grizz went 3-2 in the seven-on-seven passing tournament that they won last year.

They took on 15 teams in the Battle for the Beach, a double elimination knockout Texas shoot out tourney.

“Each team gets four chances to score from the 10 yard line, then one chance from the three yard line, then a coin flip for offense and defense if still tied,” said GWG coach Laurie Smith.

Individually, Jaren Lengert produced 46 reps at 135 pounds to win the heavyweight linemen bench press endurance competition.

Gabe Olivares turned in 36 reps to win the skill player competition and Emerson Smith’s 24 reps earned him runner-up status in the lightweight skill player division.

Olivares came back to take the punt/pass/kick title.

“Our guys made us very proud,” Smith said. “I had so many compliments from American coaches who have watched our program grow over the past four seasons.”

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