Grizzlies going camping in Oregon

The GW Graham varsity Grizzlies embark on their annual trip to Camp Rilea where they'll practice with and play against US competition.

The GW Graham Grizzlies make their annual football journey to Oregon this weekend.

The varsity team departs today (Friday). They’ll spend four days at Camp Rilea  with 17 other teams from Washington and Oregon.

“It’s called Camp Rilea because it is at the Rilea Army Base just outside of Astoria Oregon,” said GWG head coach Laurie Smith. “The kids stay in the army barracks and eat in the mess hall and we arrange practices and scrimmages for all four days of camp.”

Players will run through several controlled scrimmages, a lineman challenge and a seven-on-seven passing tournament.

The underdog Grizzlies shocked their American competition last year, rising up from the 16th seed to win the tourney.

The Grizzlies are currently the second ranked AA team in the entire province.