By Trevor Horn
Special to the Statesman
Fruitland head football coach Bruce Schlaich needed a little assistance to even make the trip to Northern California. His Grizzlies then received a little more help late in the fourth quarter to seal a 29-22 victory Saturday against Casa Roble in El Dorado Hill, Calif.
Casa Roble was called for two straight unsportsmanlike conduct calls with less than two minutes to play in the fourth quarter, giving the Grizzlies command of the ball and a hard fought victory.
With a shoestring budget and cuts all around his program, former Fruitland star and current Carolina Panther Jordan Gross lent a generous hand and purchased pads and equipment for the football team.
That extra contribution helped Schlaich complete a trip that he said helped free up cash to fund the nine-hour trek down to Oak Ridge High School, located 20 minutes east of Sacramento.
“(Gross) went out and bought blocking pads and it helped free up some funds,” Schlaich said “This was a trip we have wanted to do for a few years now. Playing a school like Casa that is three times the size of ours, it was fun to come out here.”
Read more about Saturday's game in Sunday's Idaho Statesman.