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EAGLES BOOT WOLVERINES IN BONUS PLAY

2018 EASTCOUNTY PREP FOOTBALL

BY ADAM PAUL

ECPREPS.COM

GRANITE HILLS 17, WESTVIEW 14 (2-OVERTIME)

SAN DIEGO – It was a strange night up in the North County for the Granite Hills Eagles as they took on an opponent from up the freeway for the third straight opponent to open the season.

Anything and everything that could happen did happen for the Eagles as they accumulated five turnovers, missed opportunities and various penalties. The one saving grace for Granite Hills was the defense and it came up big.

It came up big as they kept Westview off the scoreboard. The defense as the game was scoreless would come up with another huge play midway through the fourth quarter when Ethan Bishop was able to haul in a ball that was tipped by teammate Bailey Christian and found his way to end zone for a 53-yard pick six and give Granite Hills a 7-0 lead.

However, the lead wouldn’t last for the Eagles as penalties would hurt them as they were called for pass interference which boosted the field position for the Wolverines. Westview took advantage of the pass interference call and was able to punch it in from short distance to tie the game at 7-7 with a fraction over three minutes left in the game.

Granite Hills would have one more chance to win the game in regulation but unfortunately due to a holding penalty couldn’t take advantage thus sending the game into overtime.

The Eagles would have the first crack in the overtime period and behind quarterback, Chris Ostreng who on the night ran for 125 yards in regulation on 14 carries would punch it in from the 1-yard line to give Granite a 14-7 lead. On the ensuing possession, the Wolverines would answer with the tying score as Andrew Wiesley found Elijah Johnson for a 32-yard scoring pass.

An interesting choice for the Wolverines as they trailed by a point to whether or not kick the point or go for two. They initially tried to go for the game-winning two-point conversion but unfortunately were penalized for having 12-men on the field which put the ball back further and forced them to kick.

With the score tied at 14-14 the Eagles couldn’t do anything on their possession which gave Westview another opportunity but they were cited for a couple penalties and then dogged by a couple incomplete passes.

Granite again had the ball back and almost went three and out but facing a fourth down Ostreng was able to fund Dylan Rutter for a crucial 11-yard pass and a first down which kept the drive alive. It would be four plays later that they would be faced with a field goal to possibly win the game.

Placeholder Rutter was able to grab what was almost a bad snap as it was high and put it down for Justin McElligot who booted it through the uprights for the 22-yard game winning field goal.

With the victory, the Eagles have now won 11 of the last 12 games dating back to last season and are off to their best start since 2014.

 

 

 

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