After a long hiatus from football, Shavon Gramps-Green thought he would have forgotten how to play the game.
On the fifth play of the opening drive, Gramps-Green committed a gaffe on the field, fumbling the ball which Hamilton recovered.
"I had a mishap in the first. After being gone so long I was a little rusty," Gramps-Green said. "It took a minute to get back into gear. It's just instinct. It all came back to me."
Despite the turnover, Gramps-Green would bounce back, scoring four touchdowns to lead the Biggs Wolverines to a 50-8 victory over Hamilton on Friday night at Hamilton High School.
"I was beating myself up over it. My team just lifted me up and we pushed through," the senior running back said. "I didn't expect to score four touchdowns."
Friday's game served as the first prep football contest in the Northern Section since fall 2019. What felt more like a brisk autumn night in October, was really the season opener for both Biggs and Hamilton High Schools.
"It's kind of surreal," Biggs coach Tyler Rutledge said of his players being able to play football again.
Hamilton was able to force two turnovers in the first quarter after a recovered fumble and an interception grabbed by Jared Strong.
However, the Braves couldn't get anything offensively.
The Wolverines scored first on a 26-yard touchdown run from Gramps-Green with 1 minute, 40 seconds left in the first quarter to lead 8-0.
Gramps-Green found the end zone once again after weaving the rough the Braves' defense to start off the second quarter with a 36-yard score to push the lead 16-0.
Later in the second, Gramps-Green would add on his third touchdown with a 3-yard run to make it 23-0.
On fourth and long, the Braves got on the board after quarterback Riley Powell heaved the ball in the air that landed in the hands of Alex Trevino. Trevino marched in to complete the 30-yard touchdown to whittle Biggs' lead to 23-8.
On the ensuing drive, Biggs scored once more as Gregg Slusser completed a touchdown pass to Parker Finley sending the Wolverines into halftime with a 30-8 advantage.
Biggs controlled the second half. Gramps-Green broke away and ran off for a 58-yard touchdown to push Biggs' cushion to 37-8 with 7:10 left in the third.
Then after a Braves' punt, Camren Jackson would finish the Wolverines' drive with a 10-yard touchdown run to pad the lead to 44-8. In the fourth quarter, with the running clock rule in effect, Biggs tacked on one more score this time with 16-yard run from Harley.
"Despite the early mistakes I was really happy they played hard the whole time," Rutledge said. "I was really proud of them."
Biggs (1-0) will host Los Molinos on March 19 while Hamilton (0-1) faces Durham at home March 26.
Los Molinos put an end to the Wolverines' season in 2019. Rutledge said his team hasn't forgotten about that loss.
"Los Molinos they ended our season last year. The guys are well aware of that," Rutledge said. "There won't be much need for motivation next week. They'll be excited."