East County Sports

Griffins, Jaguars ready to rumble


ECS staff report

MENIFEE – Gaining an extra week of rest, the Grossmont College football raced to a quick 7-0 start on host Mt. San Jacinto.

However, after the Eagles quickly tied the ballgame, they scored four touchdowns in a span of 8:01 of the second quarter to assume control, downing the Griffins, 45-21, in Saturday’s (Nov. 4) NCSD contest at the new HNC Bank Stadium along Interstate 215.

Mt. San Jacinto moves its record to 3-6 overall, while Grossmont will enter next week’s season finale at home tied with Southwestern College. Both sides remain winless Kickoff from Mashin-Roth Memorial Field is set fr 1 p.m.

Griffins quarterback Trenton Giles opened the scoring less than six minutes into the contest with the first of his two TD passes, funding Alijah Goodin-Dotten on an 18-yard connection for a 7-0 lead.

However, when the pair hooked ip for another TD pass — from 2 yards out — in the second quarter, MSJC held a 28-7 lead, skating to an easy victory.

Goodin-Dotten finished with a season-best 10 receptions . His The sophomores 114 yards was his second-best since going for 206 yards in the season opener against East L.A. Giles did not throw an interceptions in one half of action.

On defense, Colton Guerrero led thr G-House with 10 tackles, followed by Jordan Hartley (8), Jordan Hartley (7), and Diego Piche (7, with a sack).

Mt. San Jacinto quarterback Zach Zella completed 45-of-54 passes for 383 yards and four TDs.

Ever since both schools opened, Grossmont had never lost to Mt. San Jacinto before the Eagles started its current 5-game winning streak.

The top Eagles receivers were Elijah Simley (9-136, 2 TDs) and Christian Kretz (11-125, 1 TD).

MSJC went 3-1 against San Diego County schools this season, also defeating Southwestern and Palomar.


Elsewhere in the National Conference Southern Division action, Palomar (3-6 overall, 2-4 NCSD) went double-double on Southwestern, 52-13.

Meanwhile, top-ranked Riverside (See POLL) won at San Diego Mesa, 38-13, placing the bowl aspirations of the Olympians (5-4 overall, 3-3 NCSD) in trouble.

Next Saturday, when Grossmont hosts Southwestern, the CCCAA state regular-seasn Game of the Year finds a pair of unbeaten squads — Riverside and Fullerton — placing their 9-0 overall records on the line.