EC Preps

EAGLES LOOK TO KEEP SUCCESS GOING AND STAY ON TOP

2017 EAST COUNTY PREP FOOTBALL PREVIEW

By Adam Paul

Staff Writer

Granite Hills who for the second year in a row went undefeated in league saw their season come to an end with a loss in the quarterfinals of the CIF Division II playoffs to Olympian.

The Eagles off that squad graduated 18 seniors.

However that won’t deter Eagles head Coach Kellan Cobbs who will be entering his 6th year coaching as he looks to keep the success going and should be able to this year.

Not everyone graduated from last season. The Eagles will return four starters who know the ropes of success.

Leading the charge is Garret Curran (6-6, 290lbs) who was a second team offense All-CIF pick from a year ago is considered one of the top lineman in the county and also San Diego and because of his play is being considered at the next level by quite a few Pac-12 schools and other schools outside of the Pac-12.  Like Curran, William Burton a 6-6, 290lb senior is a beast on both sides of the ball is being considered by many Pac-12 schools was also selected recently to play in the Blue-Gray All-American Bowl on January 22nd, at AT&T stadium in Dallas, Texas.

Offensively returning for the Eagles at quarterback will be Jake Siegfried who was the Co-Player of The Year last season in the Grossmont Valley League. Last season leading the Eagles, he threw for 1,833 yards and 15 scores and also rushed for 900 yards and scored 12 touchdowns which led the team.

Another monster for the Eagles is Tyler Gonzalez who last season led the team in tackles with 95 and also in quarterback sacks with 13. Last season on the offensive side he rushed for almost 300 yards and 2 scores. He had 435 total yards offensively and 5 touchdowns. Gonzalez has been listed among one of the best players in the county and San Diego. Like his teammates he is being highly recruited by many schools. He will also be asked to contribute more at the running back position which he did pretty well last season.

The interesting portion of the Eagles will be at the receiver position as no receiver has caught a varsity pass. Also on the defensive side of the ball in the secondary will be a whole new crop as five new guys will be manning the position.

Schedule wise the Eagles again start out with San Pasqual on the road. Last season the Eagles squeaked out a 14-12 victory and than beat them again in the playoffs. The first game of September sees the Eagles at home against Valhalla and the following week again at home against Steele Canyon on the 8th of September, a couple weeks later on the 22nd the Eagles take the long trip to Valley Center and will finish off the September non-league portion of the schedule on the 29th at home against El Capitan.

After finishing up the non-league they will travel for the first Grossmont Valley League contest to Santana to take on the Sultans on October 6th, the following week October 13th the Eagles have a home contest against Chula Vista, on October 20th they travel to Spring Valley to take on the Mount Miguel Matadors and on the 27th of October come back home to take on Monte Vista and will finish up the regular season on November 3rd in the Battle of Madison Avenue against the El Cajon Valley Braves.

The two time defending Grossmont Valley League champions with their experience and athletes will look to make their mark in the CIF Division II playoffs and should be considered a player in the post season.

 

 

 

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