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Grant falls just short vs. Aloha

Grant High’s defense held Aloha to six first-half points Thursday night at Lincoln.

by: TRIBUNE PHOTO: JONATHAN HOUSE - Grant's Tommy Lawrence dives for a tipped ball during Thursday night's prep football game at Lincoln. Aloha defeated the Generals 36-30.Then the Generals defense spent the entire second half getting shredded by Aloha’s ground game.

The Warriors scored on all five of their second-half possessions on the way to a 36-30 win.

It was the second time this season that the Generals (1-6) have lost by one score or less. They also fell 33-30 in overtime to Sunset on Sept. 13.

“We’ll meet with our kids tomorrow and watch film and look to get better,” Generals coach Diallo Lewis said.

Grant took a 9-6 lead into halftime.

On their first series, the Generals went 80 yards in 14 plays and 8:04. Sam Davis threw a 10-yard TD pass to Chris Lewis.

Grant missed the PAT and led 6-0.

Aloha evened the score with 5:15 remaining in the second quarter. The Warriors recovered a fumble on the Grant 38. They drove to the 6, and then Richard Belog scored on a quarterback keeper.

The Warriors also missed their PAT.

The Generals got the ball on their 20 with 2:48 left in the half and moved to the Aloha 23 with four seconds to go. Aidan Schneider then split the uprights on a 40-yard field-goal.

Aloha appeared to run the second half kickoff back for a touchdown. Maurice McSwain fielded the ball on the 1 and exploded through the middle of the wedge. The play was called back to the Grant 45, though, because of a personal foul on the Warriors.

Aloha wound up scoring anyway when Parker Bull went up the middle for a 3-yard TD. Jordan Vanaken ran in the 2-point conversion, and the Warriors led 14-9.

Grant answered on its next possession. Davis threw a screen pass to Lyndon Owens who went 8 yards for the score. Davis then threw a ball to Tommy Lawrence in the back of the end zone for the 2-point conversion that put the Generals on top 17-14.

On the last play of the third quarter, Calvin Davis ran in a 5-yard touchdown and then took in the extra points to put Aloha up 22-17.

Aloha extended its lead with 6:58 remaining in the game. Backup quarterback Nick Krautscheid threw the first Aloha pass of the second half and connected with McSwain for a 26-yard touchdown.

Bull ran in the 2-point conversion to make the score 29-17.

Davis tried to rally the Generals, throwing his third TD of the night. With 5:10 left, he dropped back and found Lawrence open down the middle. Lawrence made the catch and cruised in for a 64-yard TD. After the PAT, Grant trailed 29-24.

The Warriors answered, as Calvin Davis scored his second touchdown of the night, this one from 7 yards. After Aloha converted the PAT, the Warriors led 36-24.

“They were downhill, just running the ball at us,” Lewis said, of Aloha’s second-half performance.

Davis then threw his fourth touchdown pass, a 26-yarder to Lawrence.

“My receivers were in the right spots, I had time, and I was able to step up and deliver the ball,” Davis said.

Next Friday, Grant will play David Douglas at Lincoln, before concluding its season against Lincoln.