Grizzlies defeat EP in Homecoming game

Ryan Smith on a long gainer to set up Eagles second TD during Fridays loss to Ashland
Ryan Smith on a long gainer to set up Eagles second TD during Fridays loss to Ashland

In the end it was a matter of who would make the fewest mistakes, and Friday night that was the Ashland Grizzlies.
The Eagles received the opening kickoff, but failed to convert a fourth-and-five, turning the ball over on downs.  The Ashland drive seemed stalled until a pass interference call game the Grizzlies new life and they went on to put the first points on the board.  Eagle Point came back with some life of their own, as Brandon Davis put them ahead following a two-point Conversion at 8-6 with 3:53 left in the first period.
Near the end of the first period, the Grizzlies went up by a touchdown, then extended the lead two minutes later with their third TD of the night.  The Eagles pulled within three when Garrett Davis scored and Scott Erickson picked up two points on a keeper.  Following a fumble recovery, the Eagles looked like they were going regain the lead, but they gave the ball back on the Ashland one yard line.  At the half, the Grizzlies kicked a 37-yard field goal to take a six-point lead into the locker room.
Ashland kicked another field goal to open the fourth quarter, then put the game out of reach with a score with 6:22 left in the game.  The Eagles managed another score to pull within 10 points at 22-32 with less than five minutes left in the game, but they were unable to pull off another miracle finish.
Several times during the game, the Eagles appeared to have Ashland on the ropes, but could not take advantage of the situation.  Major penalties hurt the Eagles during the course of the game, unfortunately coming at a time when it appeared that the Eagles most needed some momentum. 
The Eagles final game is against rival Crater in Central Point Friday evening.
By Ralph McKechnie
Of the Independent  

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