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Cam Smith pick-six leads Granite Bay to week two football win over Freedom

By: Ike Dodson■of the Roseville Press Tribune
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You can’t out-clutch Cameron Smith.

Just moments after Granite Bay High took the lead on Will Stabbert’s 13-yard touchdown catch, Smith intercepted a pass and rumbled 30-yards to pay dirt.

The USC-bound linebacker polished off a 27-13 win for the Grizzlies in Oakley against host Freedom (1-2) of the North Coast Section.

Granite Bay (2-0) traveled two hours to play another tough preseason foe, this time in front of a brash student cheering section that populated an end zone and bellowed their support throughout.

“We played a really fired up team,” Granite Bay coach Ernie Cooper said. “It was their home opener and they had a huge crowd.

“It was exactly what we needed out of a nonleague game, a tough opponent that played really well.”

Ben Smith and Ren Orlando each dashed in from one-yard out to match Freedom blow-for-blow in the first three quarters.

The Grizzlies took the lead for the first time in the fourth quarter after quarterback Justin Yeaton engineered a 13-play drive from the Granite Bay 15-yardline. Yeaton found Stabbert in the end zone on a well-executed crossing pattern.

“It was a beautiful finish to a beautiful drive,” Cooper said.

Smith’s interception return stifled the progress of Freedom’s spread-offense and Cedric Johnson scooped up a fumble on the Falcon’s final possession.

“We played really well and we hung in there,” Cooper said. “It was a good sign.”

Granite Bay hosts Vacaville for the ultimate preseason measuring stick Sept. 19. The Bulldogs fell just 24-23 to Oak Ridge of the Sierra Foothill League last week, and shellacked reigning D2 NorCal State Bowl champion, Enterprise, by a 44-22 score Friday.

Email Ike Dodson at iked@goldcountrymedia.com. Follow him on Twitter, @Ike_Dodson.