Grizzlies run wild on Buffalos
Published 7:30 pm Sunday, May 29, 2016
It had been quite some time since the Albert Lea Grizzlies had scored points.
Two whole games, in fact.
Well, the Grizzlies broke out of their slump in a big way Saturday evening when they hosted the Tri-State Buffalos, and gave their opponent a taste of the medicine they had been receiving the past couple of weeks.
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The Grizzlies dominated both sides of the ball, and didn’t allow an under-manned Buffalos squad any room to breathe in a 38-0 victory.
The Grizzlies scored two touchdowns in the first quarter to get their offense in an early rhythm.
From there, the Grizzlies’ defense settled in and held the Buffalos at bay, making it difficult for them to even gain a first down.
The Grizzlies forced several turnovers on defense and executed a number of big plays on offense.
One play in particular came in the second quarter.
Running back Colton Opsahl caught a screen pass and eluded several Buffalo defenders as he made his way against the grain of the field. After running 20 yards across the field, Opsahl gained the edge on a Tri-State cornerback and raced past him to the end zone.
After the missed extra point, the Grizzlies held a 20-0 lead, and never looked back.
On Tri-State’s next possession, Albert Lea forced a turnover, but was unable to capitalize.
The Grizzlies put the game away in the second half as the Buffalos really struggled on offense.
The win is the second of the season for the Grizzlies (2-3), and an interesting trend has developed over the first five games. In their three losses, the Grizzlies have been shutout. In both of their wins, the Grizzlies have shutout their opponents.
The win also ends a two-game losing streak.
The Grizzlies will be on the road to take on the South Central Dawgs on Saturday at 7 p.m.