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TITANS GROUND GAME DOES NUMBER ON FOOTHILLERS IN CONVINCING VICTORY

2018 EASTCOUNTY PREP FOOTBALL

BY CHASE KARLO

SPECIAL TO ECPREPS.COM

POWAY 51, GROSSMONT 21

LA MESA – The Grossmont Foothillers hosted Poway in their annual homecoming game and were hoping for a bounce-back win and avoid a 4 game losing streak. Unfortunately, the Titans were able to run all over the Foothillers and come away with the convincing victory.

Grossmont started off things with the ball but would be forced to punt. Poway would take advantage and score in four plays as Colby Kopacz would find the end zone on a 6-yard run to make it 7-0 with a little over 9 minutes remaining in the first quarter.

Once again the Foothillers after three straight incompletions were forced to punt away but Poway’s drive would stall and they would attempt a 47-yard field goal which was no good. Unfortunately, the Foothillers would give the ball back as they fumbled which led to a Vance Jefferson 50-yard keeper for the score and give Poway a 14-0 lead. On the very next possession for Grossmont, things started clicking offensively and Jaime Odom would eventually hook up with Brody Schicker for an 8-yard score to cut the lead in half.

Grossmont taking down a Titans runner / Photo courtesy of Peter Panebianco

The Titans would get the ball back and go on a long 11 play 4:57 drive which ended when Kopacz found the house on a 4th and 1 situation to extend the lead 21-7. A couple possessions later they would extend the lead 28-7 when Hayden Thompson found paydirt.

Another Vance Jefferson score after another Foothilelrs turnover extended the lead. Grossmont with 1:14 remaining in the first half would again drive and with :18 remaining would put points on the board as Robert Tucker scored from one yard out. The score at intermission was Poway 34-14.

Grossmont in the second half was hoping their fortunes would turn but Jefferson would put the kibosh on that as he scored for the third time on the night. Poway on the ground was unstoppable as they racked up 320 yards against the Foothillers.

The Foothillers would get one more score as Odom connected with Thomas Magnum on an 18-yard score in the third quarter. Poway though would answer as Kopacz again would score a rushing touchdown and they would add a 36-yard field goal to make it 51-21.

ROBERT TUCKER LOOKING FOR SPACE / Photo Courtesy of Peter Panebianco

On the night for Grossmont, Odom threw for 235 yards on 18-of-34 passing with 2 TDs and 2 INTs. On the ground, Tucker garnered 26 yards on 7 carries while Desmond Carter ran for 60 yards on 3 carries and also hauled in 2 balls for 46 yards. Receiving wise for Grossmont, Schicker and Skip Waltower each had 57 yards of receiving with 5 and 6 receptions respectively. Other receivers included Magnum who caught 3 receptions for 62 yards and also rushed for 22 yards.

Next week the Foothillers hope to snap their losing streak as they host the Valhalla Norsemen in the league opener.

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