CENTRAL NOT SATISFIED
No. 1 Central gave up a punt return for a touchdown in the first quarter. After that, it was all Grizzlies in the win over Edison at Ratcliffe Stadium.
Still, the season-opening victory wasn’t good enough for Grizzlies coach Kyle Biggs coming off last season’s first Central Section championship in
“We were sloppy,” Biggs said. “We didn’t execute very well. Played hard and played fast and that’s what I told the kids to do. A lot of things we got to fix, but we’re 1-0 this week and that was our goal. We have a lot of stuff to clean up. “
Jeremiah Hunter, who had two touchdown receptions, agreed with his coach: “There was a lot of mess-up we did.”
Grizzlies quarterback Trent Tompkins, who suffered a fractured hand in June playing summer baseball, started and he said he felt fine.
“A little rust,” he said. “All the wide receivers were doing their job and I tried to get it out to them in space and let them do what they do.”
Central will get a tougher test when it faces Grant-Sacramento at Koligian Stadium on Aug. 24. The Pacers, No. 14 in The Sacramento Bee’s preseason rankings, opened the season with a 59-21 victory over Davis.
Buchanan playmakers Jalen Cropper and Kendall Milton showed why they are highly sought college recruits in the Bears’ romp. Less than a minute into the game, Cropper caught a short pass from DJ Stevenson and raced down the sideline for a score.
Cropper added another touchdown on a 10-yard catch-and-run and had an interception on defense.
Milton, the five-star running back who’s just a junior, is recovering from an ankle injury and stayed on the sidelines for all but three offensive series. Still, he had a 58-yard touchdown run.
It was a rude welcome to the Central Section for Paso Robles, one of 11 Central Coast schools moving from the Southern Section in pursuit of better equity and postseason travel.
The Bearcats have traditionally played Central Section opponents with success, most recently last season beating Clovis