Assistant coaches sat on top of a baseball dugout to get a better view; the timekeeper sat at the goal line to operate the temporary scoreboard; and the footing was difficult because of the Little League baseball field in each end zone. But Grant High School played a varsity football game next to its campus for the first time since 1950 on Friday afternoon at Northeast Portland's Grant Park.
Sophomore Richard Hollis inaugurated the field by returning the opening kickoff against Jefferson 85 yards for a touchdown before an excited homecoming crowd. Some Grant players were wary of playing a game at home. 'I didn't want to tear up our practice field any more than it is,' senior Aaron Dickson said. 'But once they lined the field and I could see what it looked like, I really wanted to play here.' Jefferson won 30-21.
Ñ Cliff Pfenning