This is the 'bye week' for Grace Brethren High School Football sending the various grade levels to their respective retreats. The Lancers deserve this week because they have attacked this football season at every turn.
After a near miss loss at Sierra Canyon in week 3, the senior laden team with no opportunity to play in the post season this year, had reason to retreat early. Their goal of a 10 - 0 season was gone. Looking down the road to week 6 and perennial power Westlake of the Marmonte league seemed both a long way away and maybe a mountain too high. Instead the motto of Coach Henderson's program of 'brick by brick' held strong and the Lancers went 104 to 7 in the next two games and were back on track for their revised goal of 9 -1.
On Thursday night, the 29th the Grace Frosh/Soph drew first blood defeating the Westlake JV 25 to 22. The stage was set for the varsity to take on the largest enrollment school in Lancer history. The game was intense from the start and Westlake took a 10 to 6 halftime lead with a field goal just before the half. The real key to the first half was the Grace defense holding strong with 2 red zone stops and holding the Warriors to that field goal before half. That setup the onslaught to come from the Lancer offense led by Noah Bean and Nick Juels. The Lancers put up 24 points to the Warriors 7 (before the final play touchdown pass for Westlake) The Lancers were never threatened in that second half and a handful of players went hard both ways the entire game. The final of 34 to 23 sets a new and higher standard for Grace football. Read articles from the Daily News and Ventura County Star at the links below. After this week's grade level retreats, Grace Brethren Football resumes next week with the Frosh/Soph playing at Oak Park on Thursay 10/6 and the Varsity at Moorpark College against long time rival Oak Park at 7:30.
Ventura County Star