Grant gets a big day from Paris Penn and takes advantage of five Warrior turnovers
PORTLAND - It had been a long time since the last time the Aloha football team had lost a game.
Fourteen games and 372 days to be exact.
But both those streaks came to a crashing halt on Friday afternoon. The Grant Generals, benefiting from a huge game by quarterback Paris Penn, a terrific defensive effort against the Warriors' run game, and five Aloha turnovers raced to a shocking 51-27 victory over the Warriors at Grants High School.
The win dropped Aloha's non-league record to 2-1 while Grant improved to 2-1.
'They just outworked us. They just outassignmented us. They were the better team tonight,' said Aloha senior running back Ryan Russo, who had two catches for 47 yards and one touchdown.
'They're a really good football team. They've got really good athletes, and we just didn't do so good,' added Aloha junior lineman Michael Kluge.
Despite the final score, things were definitely going Aloha's way early in the game. After Grant notched an early field goal, the Warriors came back with two quick touchdowns to lead 13-3. The first of those came when Lenana Meekisho forced LJ Sly-Cain to fumble and Bryson Sullivan scooped up the ball and raced 32 yards to score, and the second when Thomas Tyner capped a 66-yard drive with a 5-yard TD run.
But Grant scored on each of its next five possessions to take over, getting a 9-yard Bryant Peek Jr. run early in the second quarter, a 5-yard Sly-Cain scoring run with 2:18 to go before the half, and a 5-yard Penn keeper with seven seconds left before the half to make it 24-20 for the Generals.
After an Aloha turnover on the third-quarter kickoff, Penn went around left end for a 17-yard score, and three minutes later, Penn hit Jamarr Graves for a 78-yard score and a 37-27 advantage.
To this point, Aloha had matched the Generals almost score-for-score, with Russo catching a Cory Sinner pass and scoring from 31 yards out in the second quarter, and Ben Saechin crashing into the end zone from the 3-yard line in the third.
But Aloha's turnovers finally began to catch up with it in the fourth. There, a Warrior fumble set the table for an 8-yard Peek Jr. TD run, and Daniel Halverson added the icing when he picked off a pass and raced 32 yards to score inside the final three minutes.
For the game, Penn carried 17 times for 92 yards and two TDs, and also completed 13-of-19 passes for 288 yards and another score. Graves led Grant receivers with seven catches for 187 yards and a TD.
Grant also held Tyner to 16 yards and one TD on 13 carries, though he did catch two passes for 110 yards. Sinner completed 11-of-16 passes for 265 yards, one TD and one interception.