East County Sports

Foothillers’ fire to reverse fortunes




Last season: 2-3 (Grossmont Hills League) / 4-8 (overall)


Head coach: TOM KARLO (8th season at Grossmont, 51-30; 15th year overall, 89-58)


2018: After an injury-riddled regular season which resulted in a rare sub-par record, Grossmont turned in one of the performances of the year in a San Diego CIF first-round upset win over host Madison in a 44-42 thriller. JAIME ODOM passed to BRODY SCHICKER, who made a diving catch in the end zone for the decisive touchdown. Both players return as seniors in 2019. The Hillers won league games over El Capitan and Valhalla.


OUTLOOK: Odom has passed for more than 4,100 yards and has 38 touchdown passes in his two-year varsity career coming into this season. Schicker caught seven touchdown passes last season and has a scholarship offer from the University of San Diego. Junior running back ROBERT TUCKER was the team’s leading running back last season¬† and had 349 yards despite missing four games. Grossmont’s defense is led by senior All-East County first-teamer CHRIS ALBA, a third-year varsity player who had 68 tackles last year and also has garnered an offer from USD. Defensive returnees CAM SANDERLIN, a defensive lineman, and AUSTIN WITTMAYER, a defensive back, combined for 94 tackles last season. Senior center ANDRU SANDERS has fed the ball to Odom his entire prep career and leads a big, veteran offensive line.

SCHEDULE: Grossmont plays seven home games once again this season and plays two of its toughest league opponents – Helix and Steele Canyon at home. The Foothillers’ non-league schedule isn’t quite as daunting as last year’s so the expectation of a winning season is certainly there. Out-of-section opponent Valley View, of Moreno Valley, visits in Week 4, followed by a rematch against the Madison Warhawks before the GHL campaign. The only road games are league contests at Granite Hills, El Capitan and Valhalla.

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