Gateway’s D’Avonte Meadows, center, is swarmed by Northridge defenders during the first quarter of the Olys’ 52-0 Week 1 football loss to the Grizzlies on Aug. 25, 2022, at Aurora Public Schools Stadium. It was a tough day on the ground for the Olys, who were held to negative yards rushing. (Photo by Courtney Oakes/Sentinel Colorado)

AURORA | Gateway was the first city team to take the field for the 2022 season, as it played host to Northridge Thursday night at Aurora Public Schools Stadium.

Besides the opening game, it was also the debut on the sideline for new head coach Rico McCoy, who saw the visiting Grizzlies capitalize on turnovers and make some big plays on their way to a 52-0 victory.

Isaac Kness rushed for four touchdowns — including a 99-yarder late in the first quarter after Northridge weathered one of Gateway’s best drives — and Kaiden Brink had a fumble recovery and interception return for a touchdown for the Grizzlies.

Photo gallery from Gateway vs. Northridge football, here

For Gateway, Andre Romain finished with 92 yards passing as he rotated with Diego Perea under center, while he also came up with an interception on defense. Amarion Lacour recovered a fumble and made some big plays in the passing game for the Olys, who were held in negative yards rushing by an aggressive Northridge defense.

Next up for Gateway is a 6:30 p.m. Sept. 2 home contest against Northglenn.

Courtney Oakes is Sentinel Colorado Sports Editor. Reach him at [email protected] Twitter: @aurorasports. IG: Sentinel Prep Sports

Northridge 52, Gateway 0

Score by quarters:

Northridge  29  13  3  7 — 52

Gateway       0    0  0  0 —  0

Gateway highlights: Andre Romain 92 yards passing, interception; Amarion Lacour 40 yards receiving, 69 kick return yards, fumble recovery

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