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This week in high school football - Sept. 8, 2001

Each week, The Bee's Jeff Caraska looks at noteworthy games from past seasons:

Hawthrone's play propels Grant in opener

Three days before the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon, life in the United States unfolded in predictable fashion, and that included high school football season openers across the nation.

In Del Paso Heights, Grant started its season successfully with a 31-20 win over Franklin of Stockton.

Wide receiver Nick Hawthrone told his fellow Pacer captains before the game how hard he was going to play. He should have added phenomenal. The 6-foot, 185-pound senior scored two touchdowns: One on a 65-yard reception and the other on an 88-yard reverse.

C.J. Wallace rushed for 114 yards, including a 74-yard touchdown. Leo Fotofili had touchdown runs of 31 and six yards for Grant, which would head to the postseason for an 11th consecutive season.

-- Jeff Caraska

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