EC Preps

COUGARS WIN SHOOTOUT AGAINST THE FOOTHILLERS

2018 EASTCOUNTY PREP FOOTBALL

BY CHASE KARLO

SPECIAL TO ECPREPS

STEELE CANYON 49, GROSSMONT 38

With two weeks left in the regular season, most of the eyes are now looking into where each team will be seeded come playoff time. Steele Canyon was coming in at 6-2 and was #9 in D1 slated to play at Oceanside but has a shot to jump Oceanside or another team to be able to host their 1st Round game while Grossmont was 2-6 and pretty much cemented as the #12 Seed in D1 also and is slated to play at Madison. Both of these teams needed to win this game to help their playoff positioning.

Steele Canyon started off with the ball and on the 3rd play of the game, Grossmont CB Connor Sanchez would jump a WR Route and pick off a QB Nathan Barnett. Grossmont would get the ball in Steele Canyon’s territory and would try to take advantage of the Steele Canyon turnover but Steele Canyon would stop Grossmont’s offense but not before Kicker Axel Gonzalez would kick a 41 Yard FG to give Grossmont a 3-0 lead. Steele Canyon would answer quickly as they would go right down the field and Nathan Barnett would run into the Endzone from 1 Yard out to give Steele Canyon a 7-3 lead. A Danny Yanez INT that would set up a Jaime Odom to Brody Schicker 20 Yard strike would give Grossmont the lead back at 10-7. Steele Canyon would come back right away when Dimitri Zakar took the kickoff back for a big momentum shifting TD to give Steele Canyon the lead back 14-10. Steele Canyon would add on another TD right before the half when RB Kenneth Watson would run 13 Yards for a TD. That would make it 21-10 Steele Canyon at the half.

The second half would include a lot more scoring than in the 1st half starting off when Jaime Odom throws short to Thomas Magnum and he uses his speed to run past the Steele Canyon secondary for a 41 Yard TD to cut the Steele Canyon lead to 21-17. Grossmont would attempt to sway the game their way with a Franklin Golojuch Pick off of Nathan Barnett, his 3rd INT. But Grossmont’s offense wouldn’t be able to capitalize and Steele Canyon would be the team to sway the game their way when Nathan Barnett ran in his 2nd TD of the game from 2 Yards out to make set the Steele Canyon lead at 11 28-17 with 7:41 left in the 3rd. The rest of the game would include a back and forth affair where Grossmont would score like a Jaime Odom 19 Yard and 3 Yard TD, and a Demari Crawford 1 Yard TD, and then Steele Canyon would score with their duo of RBs like a Kenneth Watson 3 Yard TD and a second 3 Yard TD, and a Wes Neely 41 Yard TD. This would put this high scoring exciting affair at a big 49-38 win.

This nice win wouldn’t seem to help Steele Canyon’s playoff standing at all as they stayed at #9 in D1 just outside of a home game. Grossmont would stay the same too staying at #12. They do not need to worry about missing the playoffs as all D1 squads automatically make the playoffs. Steele Canyon would get almost all of their offense on the ground as their RB Duo would lead the way as they had 416 total rushing yards. Sophomore Wes Neely would lead the way with 192 Yards and a TD off of 12 carries. Senior Kenneth Watson wouldn’t be too far behind with 133 Yards and 2 TD off of 15 carries. QB Nathan Barnett would add on 54 Yards and 2 TDs off of 13 Carries. Grossmont’s offense would depend almost all on the Passing attack as QB Jaime Odom would be 23-52 with 314 Yards 2 TD and would have a big day on the ground too with 87 Yards and 2 TDS on 14 carries. His main targets would be WRs Brody Schicker (4 receptions 82 Yards), Desmond Carter (7 receptions 56 Yards), Thomas Mangum (5 receptions 64 Yards), and Zak Farris (2 Receptions 47 Yards). Steele Canyon next week will have the challenge of playing the always tough Helix who just had a big win over previous undefeated Granite Hills 56-21 who beat Steele Canyon earlier in the season while Grossmont would try and finish the season on a positive note against El Capitan who beat Valhalla 42-21 in a nice offensive game for them.

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