With just 1.8 miles between the two schools, the Granite Hills Eagles and El Cajon Valley Braves have been playing for the Madison Cup since the 70s, and tonight the Eagles flew home with the 49-8 win and the league title.
The Eagles got on the board first. Shane Swecker picked up his first touchdown of the night on a two yard run, which made it 6--0 with 8:45 left in the first quarter. El Cajon Valley quickly answered back with a Maquel Garner 10 yard touchdown run and a successful two point conversion; the Braves were up 8-6. Then it was Granite Hills again, this time with at Jake Siegfried three yard quarterback keeper for the touchdown. The Eagles went into the second quarter up 12-8.
Granite Hills’ Swecker dominated the second quarter. Swecker picked up two more touchdowns for his team. The first on a 5 YD run and the second on an 8 yard run. With a field goal by Bryce Strickland, Granite Hills led 26-8 at the half.
The third quarter saw two more Eagle touchdowns. Another Siegfried quarterback keeper and a Seth Allister 30-yard touchdown run, put Granite Hills up 43-8 at the end of the third quarter. One more touchdown by Allister made the final score 49-8 and the Eagles went home with the Madison Cup and league title.
PREVIEW: The Granite Hills Eagles are traveling to El Cajon Valley this Friday to face the Braves as they look to lock up sole possession of the Grossmont Valley League title.
The Eagles (5-4, 3-0) are guaranteed at least a share of the title at 3-0. If they win Friday they will have sole possession. If they lose and Santana (2-1) beats Mt. Miguel the two will be co-champs. Granite Hills won the league championship in 2015 for the first time since 1988. Eagles Head Coach Kellan Cobbs doesn’t believe his program has ever won back to back titles.
They will have to get past the Braves (5-4, 0-3) first, however, who are looking to make some history of their own. The Braves, who started out with five straight wins this season are still looking to pick up number six, which would be their highest season win total in over a decade. El Cajon Valley needs quarterback Tyson Smith to bounce back from a tough loss last week against Santana and recharge the Braves scoring attack, which was averaging 38 points per game in their first five wins.
Meanwhile, Granite will still look to quarterback Jake Siegfried to carry the offensive load for the Eagles but expect to see them mix things up a little and include some wildcat looks.
Kick off for this contest has been moved up to 5:00pm on Friday. You can catch all of the highlights on the Prep Pigskin Report at 10:30pm.