EC Preps

FOOTHILLERS RAMP UP FOR PLAYOFF PUSH

EAST COUNTY PREP FOOTBALL

By Adam Paul

Santee – The Grossmont Foothillers looked to show they would be a team to contend with in the playoffs. They showed the Wolf Pack that they were most certainly that as they rebounded quite nicely from their loss to Helix the previous week to shut down the Pack.

Grossmont juiced up the scoreboard first as Shevell Sterling JR scampered in through the Pack defense for a 13-yard score to make it 7-0. The Wolf Pack thought they were going to answer the score as Jordin Young was able to march the Pack down the field but the drive stalled and they would have to settle for the field goal. However things went awry as the Foothillers were able to break through the line and block the attempt.

The second score for Grossmont resembled more of an old fashioned game of pinball as Sterling JR took the handoff and looking like he would be taken down was able to ping off the defenders and bounce it out and rumble to the house for a 58-yard score to make it 14-0.

Grossmont would tack onto their lead on the ensuing kickoff as Andrew Lira was able to recover a fumble. Jamie Odom would score to extend the lead to 21-0.

That would be the score at the intermission as the Foothillers completely dominated behind the efforts of Sterling Jr and his 168 yards and 2 scores.

West Hills had a golden opportunity to put points on the board as Jordin Young was able to find Trevor Courtney for a nice screen pass all the way down to the three yard line. Unfortunately the Foothillers would force a turnover as James Bond would recover a fumble.

Sterling JR on the night raced past the Wolf Pack for a career high 191 yards on 16 carries while Jamie Odom threw for 154 yards on 14 of 21 which included a 61-yard bomb to Thomas Magnum. Odom also score twice on the ground.

Offensively on the ground the Foothillers chewed up the Pack for 346 total yards of which they secured 277 total yards at the break.

The defense forced multiple turnovers and blocked the field goal and also scored its first shutout of the season.

With the win and some other key losses in the county, Grossmont who was No. 2 in Division I right behind Pt. Loma might be bumped into the Open Division but at worst a top seed in Division I and receive a first round bye. On the other side the Wolf Pack will either be the 11 which they came into the game as ahead of Vista or 12 as they defeated El Capitan last week.

SCORE: Grossmont 42, West Hills 0

RECORDS: Grossmont (7-3, 4-1), West Hills (6-4, 2-3)

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