East County Sports

Eagles perched atop Valley once again

Granite Hills' William Burton scores a touchdown Friday night against Monte Vista. / photo by Ramon Scott

2016 EAST COUNTY PREP FOOTBALL

GRAINTE HILLS 35, MONTE VISTA 14

 

By Bill Dickens
© East County Sports.com

 

SPRING VALLEY (10-29-16) — After getting lost on the pre-season trail, Granite Hills finally planted its spikes and has won its last four games to claim the Grossmont Valley League championship for the second year in-a-row.

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Granite Hills’ NOAH JOUBERT leads a tackle on a Monte Vista ball carrier Friday night. / photo by Ramon Scott

Defensive back BRENDEN QUILL said, “Obviously this means a lot to all of us. I’ve been on the varsity since I was a sophomore. To get another championship is that much more rewarding.

“Yeah, on the bus ride back to school we were all going crazy,” he laughed.

Junior quarterback JAKE SIEGFRIED had a big game for the Eagles, totaling 232 yards total offense and 3 touchdowns in the showdown against Monte Vista.

“I strive to be an all-around player,” he said. “I’m not the tallest player on the field but I’ve got to believe that I can make it to the next level.”

Siegfried is a versatile football player who is as comfortable rushing as he is passing the ball. He is equally effective at both.

Granite Hills (3-0 Grossmont Valley League, 5-4) snapped a 14-14 tie in the third quarter as JAHMON McCLENDON scored his second touchdown of the game on a 12-yard run to allow the Monarchs to tie the game. He scored both of Monte Vista’s touchdowns.

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RASHAUN WILLIS-BROWN carries for Monte Vista Friday night. / photo by Ramon Scott

Granite Hills counterpunched with a 32-yard touchdown pass from Siegfried to WILLIAM BURTON.

The Eagles added a rare scoring play when SETH ALLISTER returned a kickoff 53 yards and set the table for a 9-yard touchdown run by KOLLIN MENZIES. Less than a minute later NOAH JOUBERT scooped up a loose ball and raced 39 yards for a touchdown, making the score 28-14 in favor of the Eagles.

“We knew that Monte Vista had power up front so we wanted to make them go to the air,” said Joubert. “We knew that our winning streak was on the line so we had to step up and protect that.”

BRYCE STRICKLAND finished 5-for-5 on PAT kicks for the Eagles, who need only a win or a Santana loss next Friday to clinch the league circuit title outright.

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