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EAGLES LAST SECOND TD STUNS THE COUGARS IN THRILLER

Photo by CSPROPHOTO / CHARLES SCOTT PHOTOGRAPHY

2017 EASTCOUNTY PREP FOOTBALL

By Adam Paul

Staff Writer

GRANITE HILLS 43, STEELE CANYON 41

El Cajon – In a contest if you showed up and paid admission you received your monies worth as both the visiting Steele Canyon Cougars (1-2) and home team Granite Hills Eagles (2-1) fought tooth and nail to the wire.

The Eagles got the fireworks started as they received the kickoff and a couple of plays in from their own 36-yard line, quarterback Jacob Siegfried found William Burton who rumbled all the way for the 64-yard score to give Granite a 7-0 lead.

Steele Canyon would match that score with one of their own with about 7:45 remaining in the first when Michael Munane ran it in from two yards out to tie it at 7-7. Granite Hills would end up scoring the next two touchdowns to take a 21-7 lead in the first quarter. One of those touchdowns was a fourth down score on a nice pass from Siegfried to Christopher Ostreng in the back of the left side of the end zone. The Eagles added another score to lead 28-7.

However this didn’t deter the Cougars as they marched down with a little over a minute and a half scored on a Thomas Fishburne 15-yard strike to Jordan Anderson to make it 28-14. The Cougar defense held the Eagles and the offense came back on and was again able to score. This time it would be another strike to Anderson from Fishburne on a 57-yarder to cut it to 28-21.

The packed house on both sides of the stands was on one side ecstatic while the other was in somewhat shock that it was a ball game.

Both teams came out for the second half and the Cougars received the kickoff. The offense worked its magic. However something happened to Fishburne which prompted him to come out with jersey number four. The offense came alive with a long 31-yard run all the way to the Eagle 16-yard line. A couple of plays later from the 6 yard line the Cougars were able to punch it in on Fishburne’s scamper to knot the score 28-28.

The crowd on both sides went bonkers and despite giving up the tying score, the Eagles didn’t flinch and Siegfried and the offense on five plays drove down and scored to retake the lead 34-28 as the extra point was missed.

Granite Hills had a golden opportunity to extend their lead even more as the defense was able to hold the Cougars. However the Cougars matched the Eagles hold and forced them to punt.

With under three and a half minutes in the third quarter, the Cougars led by Fishburne marched down the field and at the Eagles 12-yard line retook the lead as Fishburne found Anderson on a touchdown. However it was a controversial one as it looked like Anderson had not broken into the end zone but the official ruled it a score so it stood. The Cougars kicked the extra point and now led 35-34.

Granite Hills took the field again and was able to work its way down the field which included a couple of penalties called against the Cougars. The Eagles got down to the Cougar 11-yard line before the drive stalled which brought out the field goal unit. Out trotted Eagles kicker Justin Mc Elligott to attempt a 28-yarder which he promptly nailed to give Granite Hills a 37-35 lead with about nine minutes left in the contest.

Both team’s defenses would hold each other on multiple occasions. Steele Canyon would get the ball back with about 1:20 left in the game after stifling the Eagles.

After a first down in completion, Fishburne was able to find Anderson who was able to get behind the Eagles defense and scamper his way to house for the 67-yard score. The long touchdown put the Cougars up 41-37. Steele Canyon attempted to go for two points but was stuffed. The clock said 1:04 remaining in the game.

Siegfried who in the previous week helped engineer the victory over Valhalla looked to do the same against their close rival the Cougars.

Granite Hills started the drive at their own twenty yard line. Siegfried worked it ten yards at a time very methodically. The Eagles reached their own thirty-eight when the big play occurred. Siegfried took the snap and ran and just as he was running out of bound a Cougar defender hit him which prompted the official to throw a flag. The penalty called against the Cougar was a personal foul which moved the ball even further forward to the Steele Canyon 33-yard line.

A few plays later the Eagles got down to the twenty when a pass interference was called which moved the ball to the 10-yard line.

What would happen next would be what legends are made of and stories to tell later on in life. Eagles quarterback Siegfriend dropped back and threw a touch pass to Burton who ran his route into the end zone, however the ball looked like it would hit the defender in the back but Burton somehow with the defender between him was able to make the acrobatic catch for the score. The Eagles faithful went bonkers as did all the players and coaching staff.

“I am just glad he caught it as it was a touch pass” “We had run the play quite a bit during the game and it was working pretty well throughout the night.” said Siegfried when asked about the play and pass.

On the night Siegfried for the Eagles finished 12 of 23 passing and three touchdowns and also rushed for 178 yards on 24 carries while scoring three more TDs. On the night he totaled 370 yards offensively and 6 total TDs. Seth Allister for the Eagles tallied 100 yards on the ground on 7 carries, including a long 77 yarder.

Receiving wise Burton who caught the winning score had 6 catches for 105 yards and the 2 TDs.

For the Cougars, Fishburne passed for 230 yards on 13 of 19 and 4 scores.

Anderson on the night caught 8 balls for 186 yards including 4 TDs.

“The win was a huge statement as it was the first time since I have been quarterback we have beaten two East County teams in a row.” “Beating Valhalla the previous week and now this win definitely boosts the confidence for the season.”

“We kept our composure and didn’t let the fact that Steele Canyon came back to get us down.” “In the locker room I preached defense and don’t give up.” said Siegfried when asked about the mood at half and what was said.

The Eagles will have a bye next week and in a couple of weeks take long bus ride up to Valley Center to take on the Jaguars another key game for CIF Division II seeding.

 

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