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By Adam Paul

Staff Writer,©

SANTEE – If the opening contest of Grossmont Valley League play between the visiting Granite Hills Eagles and the home team Santana Sultans was to be summed up as a book it would be a tale of two halves.

The first half it was a battle that no one really expected as the Eagles only led 14-7 at the break. Granite Hills broke the scoreless game on the very first play of the second quarter when Jacob Siegfried found Christopher Ostreng who made a spectacular 17-yard catch over the defender in the left hand corner of the end zone to make it 7-0.

Santana after receiving the kickoff were able to get to their 33-yard line when Josh Oedewaldt ran one way and faked out the defense and found a wide open Cameron Kane who raced his way to the house for 67-yards to tie the score 7-7.

With the score now tied still in the first half the Sultans were able to stop the Eagles on the very next possession. However the Eagles would get the ball back after picking off a pass by Oedewaldt at the Sultan 44-yard line. Granite now with the ball back with just over five minutes to go in the half worked their way down the field and would score on a 8-yard scamper by Keyvon Martin to make it 14-7 which would be the score at the intermission.

In the second half the Eagles came out on fire and were able to extend their lead on a 60-yard run by Martin to extend the lead 20-7. Santana would fall further behind the eight ball as Dylan Hanslick with about ten minutes in the third went down with an injury. The very next play the Eagles again would intercept Oedewaldt.

The Sultans would hold the Eagles and pull within ten points as Timmy Tischer would nail a 36-yard field goal to make it 20-10. However The Eagles answered as Siegfried found William Burton for a 6-yard score to make it 27-10.

Granite would tack on a couple more scores and the defense would completely shutout the Sultans and limit them on offense in the second half.

With the win the Eagles have now won 13 games in a row over the Sultans dating back to 2005 and their 11th straight league game.

SCORE: Granite Hills 40, Santana 10

RECORDS: Granite Hills (4-2, 1-0), Santana (3-4, 0-1)

KEY STATS: The Eagles defense held the offense for the Sultans to 73 total yards and also scoreless.

PIVOTAL PLAY: Granite Hills on the kickoff to start the second half were able to extend their lead by 13 points as Keyvon Martin a transfer from Helix raced 60 yards for a touchdown.

QUOTABLE I: “My offensive line really did an excellent job tonight and I couldn’t have done it without them.” Said Martin on his big night running.

QUOTABLE II: “Up only 14-7, just needed to get everyone calm and come out in the second half and play the way we are capable of and not commit stupid penalties and look what we ended up doing.” Said Jacob Siegfried on the vibe in the lockerroom at halftime. I felt in the first half we moved the ball well but committed dumb penalties and obviously we will have to clean that up going forward to next week and beyond.”

QUOTABLE III: “The key to the second half for us was to force turnovers and play defense and be able to pass a little more. Siegfried said on the keys to the second half.

NOTES: The Eagles on the night ran for 417 yards on the ground and 4 touchdowns. Martin led all Eagles rushers with 192 yards on 21 carries and a couple of scores, David Gonzalez rumbled his way to 108 yards and a score on 6 carries.  Also Seth Allister ran for 54 yards. Siegfried for the Eagles through the air finished 6 of 13 for 108 yards and 2 touchdown strikes. Christopher Ostreng caught 5 balls for 92 yards and a TD. On the Santana side, senior quarterback Josh Oedewaldt threw for 126 yards on 10 of 22 passing including a 67-yard touchdown strike to Cameron Kane.

NOTES II: Defensively for the Eagles they forced three Santana turnovers which included 2 interceptions one by Jack Siegfried and a fumble recovery and also they had a sack. For the Sultans, Brayden Nieto had 2 quarterback sacks.





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