The #6 Granite Hills Eagles (8-3) pulled away in the second half for a first round win over the #11 West Hills Wolf Pack (6-5) in the El Cajon Ford East County Game of the Week.
Jacob Siegfried opened the Division II matchup with a 1-yard plunge for the Eagles. On the other end, his counterpart from West Hills returned the favor to make it 7-7 after the first quarter.
Both sides traded fumbles in the second quarter before Young hit Ryan Jewell on a receiver screen that went for 49 yards. Cade Weaver capped the drive with a field goal to give the Wolf Pack a 10-7 lead.
Tyson Courtney ended the Eagles' next drive with an interception, after winning a tug-of-war for the ball in mid-air. But the Wolf Pack's ensuing possession would end in calamity, as Weaver mishandled the snap on a punt attempt -- and the ball ended up in the hands of Granite's Noah Medeiros in the end zone, to give the Eagles a 14-10 halftime lead.
After the break, Granite Hills wore down the visitors on both sides of the ball. Siegfried punched in another 1-yarder, followed by a Wolf Pack fumble, and then a 2-yard score fro, David Tyler Gonzalez to push the lead to 18. Gonzalez sealed the win with a 13-yarder in the fourth quarter to make the final score 35-10.
In round two, the Eagles go on the road to face #3 Valley Center.
PREVIEW: It's win-or-go-home time in the El Cajon Ford East County Game of the Week, as the #11 West Hills Wolf Pack (6-4) face the #6 Granite Hills Eagles (8-2) in the opening round of the Division II playoffs.
Granite Hills closed the regular season on a six-game winning streak, including a perfect 4-0 run through the Grossmont Hills league. During that stretch, the Eagles have scored 36.5 points per game while giving up an average of just 13.
The Granite offense flows through senior quarterback Jacob Siegfried, who splits his time evenly between the air (142 pass attempts) and the ground (134 carries). He's accounted for 24 touchdowns, 9 passing and 15 rushing. Sophomore Keyvon Martin has emerged as another backfield threat, posting 497 rushing yards over the final five games while scoring 6 times. David Tyler Gonzalez also totes the rock, with 606 yards and 6 touchdown runs of his own.
When any of the Eagles run the ball, there's a good chance they're following the blocks of tackle Garrett Curran (6'6", 285 lbs) and tight end Will Burton (6'5", 240 lbs). The duo also anchors the defensive line, where they're joined by Gonzalez. They'll train their sights on the Wolf Pack's dual-threat quarterback, Jordin Young. The junior has 16 total touchdowns (12 passing, 4 rushing), while giving up only 2 interceptions.
Senior Austin Dill and sophomore Jake Maheu both share the load in the backfield. Seniors Ryan Jewell and Cade Weaver are primary threats on the outside. Jewell also leads the team with 5 interceptions, while Weaver doubles as the team's placekicker.
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