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EAGLES DOMINATE SECOND HALF IN TITLE CLASH

WILLIAM BURTON BOWLS OVER A MONARCH DEFENDER / PHOTO BY RAMON SCOTT

EAST COUNTY PREP FOOTBALL

By Adam Paul

EL CAJON – In the beginning of the league season it was pretty much determined that the league crown was going to be determined by the Granite Hills/Monte Vista clash. Well those premonitions came true as the two teams battled in what was dubbed “Clash of The Titans.”

The Monarchs received the first half kickoff and went to business with a steady dose of Jahmon McClendon the big running back. They would march down the field in 11 plays and score when Amir Conley was able to haul in a pass from Emmil Henderson for 21 yards to make it 7-0.

But that lead didn’t last as the veteran Eagles trotted out for their first possession on offense in front of their big crowd. The Eagles pulled out a trick play when Chris Ostreng who also plays back up at the quarterback spot took the pitch and found Austin Hirahara for a 38-yard pass play. A couple of plays later David “Tyler” Gonzalez rumbled into the end zone to tie the score 7-7.

The Eagles defense would force the Monarchs to punt the ball away where they would take ver at their own 36-yard line. Granite Hills would again march down the field as Jacob Siegfried found Ostreng for a 17-yard pass and a couple plays later Keyvon Martin took the handoff and scampered through the Monarch defense all the way to the house for the score but the extra point was missed so the Eagles led 13-7.

Monte Vista again went back out on the offensive and was able to move the ball somewhat when Henderson at the Granite 48 yard line went back to pass and Granite defenseman William Burton bulled his way through and grabbed Henderson with one arm and threw him down like a doll for a 12-yard loss on the sack. This brought out the punting unit and Henderson punted it away where it was muffed by the Eagles and there was a scramble for the ball in which the Monarchs came up with it at the Granite 5-yard line.

Now with new life the Monarchs were ready and on the very next play McClendon raced in for the score to give Monte Vista a 14-13 lead.

This didn’t deter the Eagles as the offense again led by Siegfried was able to find the way to march down the field to the 40-yard line of the Monarchs. On the very next play Siegfried called his own number and tucked it and ran and was able to dice and shake his way all the way to the house for the 20-14 lead.

This would be the lead at the break.

In the second half the Eagles did more of the same as they received the second half kickoff as they marched down the field and Siegfried again would score to make it 27-14. Granite would tack on another score as Martin took the handoff and sliced his way to the end zone for the score to make it 34-14. The Eagles defense did the rest as they shut out the Monarchs in the third quarter.

It wouldn’t be until the fourth quarter with about 6:41 left that the Monarchs would score when Elshaddai Levi ran it in from 2-yards out to make it 34-21.

Granite Hills would score again when Lil Chris Hamilton ran one in for 6-yards. The final score for the Monarchs came on a 7-yard run by McClendon.

SCORE: Granite Hills 41, Monte Vista 28

RECORD: Granite Hills (7-2, 3-0), Monte Vista (5-4, 3-1)

PIVOTAL PLAY: Wasn’t really a play but the Eagles shut out the Monarchs 14-0 in the third quarter which was a big difference.

KEY STAT: The Eagles amazingly used 14 different runners and racked up 307 rushing yards in the process and also scored on its first six possessions. They also never punted once.

QUOTABLE I: “To come out and play smash-mouth football as that is our thing and that is what we needed to to do to get the win.” Said Jacob Siegfried

QUOTABLE II: “On offense we needed to score as many times as possible and let the defense decide the game.” Said Jacob Siegfried

QUOTABLE III: “To win sophomore, junior and now senior year feels amazing and it needs to be a tradition.” Said Jacob Siegfried

QUOTABLE IV: “I give it all to my offensive line and Jake making the right reads and I felt we could score every time we had the ball.” Said Keyvon Martin

STATS: Monte Vista – Jahmon McClendon led all runners with 113 yards on 29 carries and 2 touchdowns. Emmil Henderson finished with 61 yards through the air on 6 of 7 passing with all passes to Amir Conley

Granite Hills – Keyvon Martin ran for 110 yards on 10 carries and 2 touchdowns. Jacob Siegfried ran for 71 yards on 12 carries.

NOTES – Monte Vista who was looking for their first league crown since 2004 will now take on Valley Center next week to end the regular season. However they are expected to gain a high seed in the Division IV playoffs and be a contender for the CIF Championship in the division.

Granite Hills on the other hand has ensured at least a share of the league crown and will wrap up with the El Cajon Valley Braves next week in the “Battle on Madison Ave.” With a victory they can claim the league crown outright and also for the third consecutive year. They now have won 13 league games in a row and will be a contender in the CIF Division II Playoffs.

 

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