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EAGLES USE MOMENTUM TO TURN THE TIDE, HOWEVER GAME DECLARED NO CONTEST

2018 EASTCOUNTY PREP FOOTBALL

BY ADAM PAUL

GRANITE HILLS 28, EL CAPITAN 14

EL CAJON – After going over all the various options and both Coach Burner and Coach Kobbs both came to an agreement pending any ruling from CIF that the contest would be called a no contest.

So the article will reflect the portion of the game that was played.

In front of a big crowd out at Valley Stadium, the El Capitan Vaqueros were able to strike first on the defensive side as Austin Barker stepped in front of a pass and scurried all the way to the house for an 88-yard score and an early 7-0 lead.

However, the momentum swung back to the Eagles as they got out of the funk and scored three straight touchdowns to give themselves the lead. Leading the way was the fearless leader and quarterback Chris Ostreng who scored on a seven-yarder to start the momentum.

Their second score of the game came when Keyvon Martin took the handoff and broke his way through the Vaqueros defense and zipped all the way to the house for the 69-yard score up the middle. After recovering the onside kick the Eagles were able to move the ball into Vaqueros territory where Richard “Juni” Harris punched it in from three yards out to give the Eagles a 21-7 lead. The three scores by the Eagles took fewer than three minutes of game clock.

Despite trailing by two scores the Vaqueros knew they had the firepower to get back into the ball game as they had a good run game and also weapons at the skill positions. With everything in mind, the Vaqueros went to business and moments later Wick Hauser hit Yaphet Yokley who ran all the way for the 76-yard TD pass to pull within 21-14.

With the ball back the Vaqueros knew they were in business and were able to drive down the field. Unfortunately, their potential game-tying drive would be thwarted as Jayten Vanlandingham picked off Hauser’s pass and give the ball back to the offense of the Eagles. They would take advantage of the Vaqueros turnover and cash it in for points when Harris again punched one in to extend the lead 28-14.

That would be the score at intermission but unfortunately, lightning would strike a few minutes into the half and would continue before the game was called.

El Cap’s Hauser threw for 180 yards and a touchdown and two interceptions on 11-of-20 passing.

For the Eagles, Ostreng would finish 7-of-17 for 113 yards in the air while Martin would run for 107 yards on seven carries.

Next week the Vaqueros will take on the Valhalla Norsemen while the Eagles will take on the Helix Highlanders in what should determine the Grossmont Hills League crown.

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