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By Adam Paul

MISSION HILLS – Who says playoff football can’t be different than regular season football? Whoever says it can’t be is wrong as coaches try and come up with different ways to win games sometimes. This was the case up in the North County as the top seeded Mission Hills Grizzlies took on the visiting No. 8 seeded Grossmont Foothillers.

These two teams aren’t strangers to one another in the Open Division as they met last year in what is considered one of the greatest games in County history in the last decade. In that contest the Grizzlies pulled out the 49-48 road victory in the final fleeing seconds of the game.

Mission Hills would strike first to take an early 7-0 lead but Grossmont thanks to a tipped ball that was intercepted by Eric Shanks who took it to the house would knot the score 7-7.

However the Grizzlies would retake the lead as Jack Tuttle would find Chris Olave for a big pass play and then a short run would make it 14-7. Grossmont on their next offensive possession would take advantage of penalties by the Grizzlies which would allow Jamie Odom to to find Josh Moala for a short score to make it 14-14.

Mission Hills would again retake the lead heading into the second quarter when Isaac Anderson scored on a short run to make it 21-14. They would extend their lead 24-14 on a 34yd field goal.

Another defensive touchdown by the Foothillers, this time a fumble by Tuttle recovered scooped up and scored pulled the Hillers within 24-21 with just over 9 minutes in the first half. Mission Hills just wouldn’t let off the pedal as once again Tuttle was able to find Place for the score extend the lead 31-21.

The Grizzlies would again extend their lead as Chris Calhoun stepped in front of an Odom pass and picked it off and returned it 10 yards for the score which gave them a 38-21 lead. Another score by the Grizzlies, this time on special teams as Olave returned a punt 60yds to the house for the score and a 45-21 lead with a tad over 5 minutes in the first half.

Grossmont would pull within 45-28 late in the first half thanks to a Jamie Odom to Moala short touchdown pass. This would be the score at the intermission.

The Foothillers started the second half by forcing another turnover and this time score again on a short run by Shevell Sterling Jr to make it 45-35. However another touchdown pass by Tuttle for the Grizzlies extended their lead 52-35 with a little over 2 minutes in the third quarter.

Grossmont wouldn’t go away on offense as Shevell would score again to make it 52-42 in the fourth quarter. Unfortunately that would be the closest the Foothillers would get as Chris Calhoun of the Grizzlies would close things up with another interception.

On the night, Tuttle threw for 331 yards and three scores. Olave caught 7 balls for 194 yards and a couple scores to go with the punt return.

The offense for the Grizzlies racked up 405 yards while Grossmont tallied 370 yards of offense as Sterling ran for 179 yards.



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