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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

school his­tory.

“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

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