GW Graham Grizzlies rounding into form as playoffs draw near

GWG’s senior varsity football team remains undefeated heading into their regular season finale.

The GW Graham Grizzlies wrap up their regular season schedule on the road, paying a visit to an arch-rival from Abbotsford.

The Grizz face the Robert Bateman Timberwolves (2-1) in a game that kicks off at 3 p.m., looking to keep their perfect record (3-0) intact.

GW Graham has already wrapped up the Fraser Valley Eastern conference title, thanks to a 20-19 win over the second place Langley Saints (3-1) two Fridays ago. Regardless of what happens against Robert Bateman, the Grizzlies hold the tie-breaker with that head-to-head win.

But head coach Luke Acheson wants his troops to be playing at a high level as they head into the AA playoffs.

“In the first season, exhibition season, we learned tough lessons in how to play in physical games and stay composed,” Acheson said. “In the second season (regular season) we’ve found our identity, learned how to play focused and play unselfishly for each other. This week going into Bateman we are looking to continue playing well so we carry momentum into our third season, playoff season.”

GWG’s most recent game was a one-sided walloping of the Sullivan Heights Stars last Friday at Exhibition Stadium.

GWG hammered the second year AAA program 64-8, with several players getting in on the scoring.

Jaiden Claassen got the Grizzlies rolling with a 15 yard touchdown run.

Kaleb Spanner took over in the backfield and scored two of his own on scampers of 30 and 54 yards.

Daniel King took over for Spanner and scored his first career touchdown on a 10 yard run up the gut. He added another major on a 35 yard run off a toss play.

Quarterback Grayson Frick accounted for two passing scores, throwing a 45 yard TD toss to Josh Caverly and a 20 yarder to birthday boy Colton Holt.

Spanner added a touchdown on defence, scooping up a fumble that was forced by Liam Dallas and racing down the right sideline.

The defence added a two point safety with Austin Forgues tackling the Sullivan Heights punter in the end zone.

“Coming off an emotionally charged victory against Langley, our coaches weren’t sure how our players would respond knowing that this week would not provide the same level of intensity or physicality,” Acheson said. “We challenged our players to play hard for the man playing behind and beside them, so they would have an opportunity to shine.

“I was very happy in the way our players responded. They embraced the opportunity to play for their teammates and came out focused and energized.”

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