The Knappa Loggers overcame an early 8-0 deficit to defeat Grant Union, 24-14, in their 2019 season opener Friday night in John Day.

Knappa defeated the Prospectors 26-6 in last year’s opener.

Grant Union opened the scoring on a quarterback keeper by Devon Stokes in the first quarter.

Knappa answered with a score by Kanai Philip, but the Loggers failed on the two-point conversion and trailed 8-6.

On a punt return in the second quarter, Grant Union sophomore Tanler Fuller lateraled to sophomore Justin Hodge, who sprinted 70 yards for a touchdown and a 14-6 lead.

Jordan Hall intercepted a Logger pass on Knappa’s next drive, but Knappa scored twice before halftime, and took an 18-14 lead into locker room at the break.

After a scoreless third quarter, Knappa tacked on some insurance points with a fourth quarter touchdown.

The Loggers host Toledo Friday.

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