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HASTINGS & CO RALLY TO UPEND FOOTHILLERS NIGHT

2018 EAST COUNTY PREP FOOTBALL

BY CHASE KARLO

Special to ECPREPS.COM

SAN MARCOS 32, GROSSMONT 21

In what was billed as the time for Grossmont to finally break through with the big victory as the last couple of years they have had games where they almost beat the top teams in San Diego including #1 at the time Mission Hills last year in the playoffs 52-42. Tonight was another one of those types of games.

Everyone in the crowd expecting to finally witness the breakthrough but unfortunately dropped a tough one to the #6 San Marcos Knights according to the Union Tribune poll 32-21 after leading 21-0 late in the second half.

The first half was a very crazy one that included 5 turnovers along with some big and exciting plays as well as what was described as unusual circumstances. One of those unusual circumstances that occurred was when Foothillers receiver Zach Farris who hauled in a long pass from Jaime Odom and was able to get past the Knights defense, looking like he was going to score but a San Marcos defender caught up to Farris and knocked the ball loose at around the 2 yard line with the ball ending up in the end zone where the Knights recovered for a touchback.

However, the Foothillers were able to hold on defense and force San Marcos to punt the ball back.

 With the ball back, Grossmont was able to garner the big play as Odom found Brodie Schicker who scampered his way to the house for the 69-yard score to give the Hillers a 7-0 lead as the first quarter ended.

Midway through the second quarter after going back and forth the Foothillers looked like they were going to extend their lead but once again a San Marcos defender knocked the ball loose and once again a touchback. This time around the unusual circumstance occurred after Odom had a nice 55-yard run.

After a San Marcos punt, the Foothillers were able to score on a bizarre play that actually went in their favor when Robert Tucker had a 53 yard TD which came when Odom threw the ball but it deflected off of an O lineman’s head and landed into Tucker’s arms.

Leading 14-0 with a little over five and a half minutes in the first half the Foothillers would intercept San Marcos quarterback Miles Hastings via an INT by Connor Sanchez.

 Grossmont would take advantage of the turnover as they scored on another long touchdown from Odom to Thomas Magnum for 54 yards to make it 21-0 with about two and half minutes in the first half.

The Knights would finally find a spark offensively after receiving the kickoff as Hastings found Zach Frost for 36 yards but the extra point was missed which made 21-6.

 In the second half after each team exchanged punts, the Knights got some offense as Aaron Norita with a tad over four minutes remaining scored on a 4 yarder to pull within 9 points. After the two-point conversion was unsuccessful the Knights now trailed 21-12. Grossmont who hadn’t been able to put together any type offense since the second quarter once again was forced to punt the ball away back to the Knights.

 With the ball back and the momentum in their favor, the Knights were able to march down the field and score as Frost scampered his way into the end zone for the 20 yarder to make it 21-19 with a minute remaining in the third quarter.

Only leading 21-19 the Foothillers continued to struggle which enable the Knights to take their first lead of the contest when with about 9 minutes left in the game Jalen Banner caught a 4-yard touchdown reception to make it 25-21.

 Now trailing for the first time the Foothillers knew they had to do something and they actually had a chance to retake the lead but a costly penalty forced the Hillers to punt the ball back to San Marcos but unfortunately, they couldn’t stop the offense of the Knights. San Marcos would tack on the sealing score on an 8 yard run with 55 seconds remaining to lead 32-21.

 On the night for Grossmont, Odom passed for 307 yards on 9 of 23 passing and also had 3 touchdowns and ran for 57 yards on 7 carries. Leading the Hillers on the night on the ground, Tucker ran the ball for 65 yards on 9 carries. Receiving wise Farris caught 3 balls for 65 yards while Magnum caught 2 balls for 69 yards.

 

 

 

 

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