Granite Hills 38, Hilltop 21

Any day of the week a coach would take a (4-2) record after seven weeks. However if you are (4-2) you might want to stay away from the Granite Hills Eagles. These Eagles seem to have a personal vendetta against teams with that record because for the second week in a row they have made their opponent walk away with a third loss. The loss belonged to the Hilltop Lancers as the Eagles protect their nest in a 38-21 win.

Coming off a 24-14 deficit at halftime the Hilltop Lancers drew up a comeback plan in the locker room. Their strategy started with an onside kick and worked to success as they fell on it for the recovery. In what would become a theme Hilltop was unable to capitalize on the extra possessions. Comebacks are hard to make when drives stalled most of the second half from the Eagles pressure.

Jacob Siegfried is not only a leader on the Granite Hills team, but he is the engine that makes the offense run. Siegfried called his own number on a 9-yard QB keeper to take a 31-14 lead, then found Noah Joubert in the back of the end zone to go up for good at 38-14. Hilltop would put another touchdown on the board but not before Granite came away with their third win of the season.

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Granite Hills will be channeling their inner Bill Murray this week as it will feel like the movie Groundhog Day. In back to back weeks the Eagles will take the field opposite a squad with a (4-2) record. Last week Granite handled a (4-2) Santana team in a big 37-13 win that not only gave them their second win of the season but made them (1-0) in the Grossmont Valley League. This week’s test with a winning record is the Hilltop Lancers. The Eagles will look to repeat last week’s game plan that got them on top early up by four touchdowns by halftime.

After starting (3-0) the Lancers have slowed down losing two of the last three. Hilltop is however coming off a domination of Escondido last week, so its safe to say they have put the two game losing streak in their rear view mirror. As of late the Lancers have really started to mix in the run game in a pass first offense. Dominic Esparza is nothing like Felipe Esparza, because his run game is no joke. Esparza has five touchdowns in six games and averages over 5 yards a carry in what again, is a pass first offense.

                           Matchup of the week: Granite Hills secondary vs. Hilltop passing game

Hip Hop great Jay-Z always said men lie and women lie, but numbers don’t. In the case of Hilltop’s passing attack, Hova was right. Led by quarterback Alex Tejada who sports a 95.7 passer rating, 1162 yards passing, and a 64% completion percentage the Lancers game speaks for itself. Most impressive of all of course is Tejada’s touchdown to interception ratio. What wins football games is limiting turnovers and scoring points and Tejada gets it with his 12 touchdowns to 3 interceptions in 6 games. 

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