Grizzlies open season with clutch road win

Lewis Sebrell scored on a 5-yard touchdown run with 2 minutes, 35 seconds left as the Ashland Grizzlies scored 21 unanswered points to beat Henley 28-21 in both teams' season opener Friday night at Klamath Falls.

Sebrell finished with 95 yards on 21 rushing attempts and Ashland quarterback Talon Haggard added 63 yards and three touchdowns on 12 carries for the Grizzlies, who fell behind 21-7 early in the second quarter.

Ashland scored first on Haggard's 2-yard plunge in the first quarter. Henley answered with three straight TDs, including a 50-yard run by Casey Evans and a 31-yard interception return by Justin Chavarria.

Haggard's 8-yard run with 5:39 to go in the first half cut Henley's lead to 21-14 after Charlie Sebrell's point-after kick sailed through, and Haggard's 1-yard keeper on the first play of the fourth quarter brought the Grizzlies within a point.

Charlie Sebrell also had a big game for Ashland. The senior receiver caught seven passes for 87 yards and was second on the team with 5 1/2 tackles.

The Grizzlies host Phoenix next Friday at Walter A. Phillips Field. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.

Women's Volleyball

Third-ranked Cocordia (Calif.) hit an impressive .400 attack percentage to score a 25-7, 25-16, 25-15 volleyball victory over 12th-ranked Southern Oregon on Friday at Concordia's Crowne Plaza Labor Day Festival at Irvine, Calif.

SOU later suffered another straight-game victory to Vanguard, 30-28, 25-19, 25-15.

The losses dropped SOU to 1-4 on the year, but the other two losses were to top-ranked Fresno Pacific.

Against Concordia, Samanta Yutzie led SOU with six kills and Leah Bergstrom recorded five kills. Lindsey Stone had a match-high 14 assists.

Amber Ridens had eight kills for Concordia (4-0).

Against Vanguard, Yutzie and Sarah Holgen each recorded a team-high seven kills for the Raiders.

In the thrilling first game, SOU jumped out to a 13-7 lead on a kill by Becky Johnstone. Leah Bergstrom's kill gave SOU a 17-15 lead but Vanguard came back to tie it at 17-17.

The Raiders gave the lead to Vanguard at 29-28 on a service error and then Vanguard won the game on a Megan Walsh kill.

The second and third sets were all Vanguard as the hosts jumped out to leads of 16-9 and 16-11.

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