Week 8: Grossmont Foothillers 44, Granite Hills Eagles 20

It was a physical dogfight on the field that saw both the Granite Hills Eagles (7-0) and Grossmont Foothillers (2-5) pull no punches. No love was lost between the teams, but it was the Eagles who soared to victory thanks to a strong defense and solid performance by quarterback Cristopher Ostreng.

Grossmont came out of the gate suffocating the Granite Hills offense as linebackers Chris Alba and James Bond shook up the backfield and caused all kinds of nightmares for Ostreng and running back Keyvon Martin.

Ostreng was able to lead his team down the field and score touchdowns not with his arm, but with his legs, gaining two rushing touchdowns.

Ostreng showed off the arm strength, as well, hitting Richard Harris with a perfect pass to make the score 21-0 in favor of the Eagles.

Grossmont quarterback Jaime Odom, who had four touchdowns last week against Valhalla, responded in kind by slinging a touchdown pass of his own to an open Skip Waltower.

After starting a drive deep in their own territory, Grossmont tried to teach Granite Hills a little lesson in trickery, employing a reverse run with their wide receivers.

Lineman Noah Medeiros, having none of this, pilfered the ball as the receivers attempted to make the transfer and lumbered his way past the Grossmont 5-yard line.

Granite Hills cashed in almost immediately as Juni Harris bounced to the outside and scored on a short run.

Tempers flared as shoves and not-so-friendly verbal pleasantries were exchanged between the two teams. The referees restored law and order while assessing penalties as both teams walked away quite nettled with each other.

Which leads to a theme of the game. Penalties.

On multiple occasions, teams were called for personal fouls and mistakes that would turn third-down plays into immediate first downs. Taking advantage of their emotions, Odom stormed down the field to add a rushing touchdown to his in-game resume thanks to the costly penalties at the hands of the Eagles defense.

Despite Cam Sanderlin leading his defensive lineman into an assault of the backfield, the Eagles were still able to chip in a field goal to make the score 30-13 at halftime.

A Grossmont turnover gave the ball back to Granite Hills, who scored on Ostreng’s third rushing touchdown.

Odom, seeing the success of his counterpart, responded by slinging a pass to a wide-open Desmond Carter for a 66-yard touchdown, putting the Foothillers at 20 points.

Despite Herculean efforts from Alba, Bond and Matt Keely, who would have three sacks on the day, Ostreng drove the final dagger into the hearts of the Grossmont faithful with a 15-yard touchdown pass to Chris Setterberg.

It was a long and arduous game, but Granite Hills walked off the battlefield with a 44-20 victory and their undefeated season remained intact.

Granite Hills returns home to welcome the El Capitan Vaqueros (2-5) to their domain while Grossmont travels to Helix High School to square off with the Helix Highlanders.

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PREVIEW

After an exciting week of football, Week 8 of PPR brings even more enthralling games of gridiron goodness. After bouncing back from multiple tough losses, the Grossmont Foothillers (2-4) look to keep the offense alive against the Granite Hills Eagles (6-0), who won an emotional game against the Steele Canyon Cougars last week.

After suffering through a four-game losing streak, Grossmont bounced back with a resounding 51-7 victory against Valhalla.

Quarterback Jaime Odom threw for four touchdown passes before being replaced mid-game, while Brody Schicker caught two touchdown passes and gained 71 yards.

Senior lineman Cameron Sanderlin led a Grossmont defense that wreaked havoc on the Valhalla running game and offensive line.

The secondary blanketed the opposing receivers and was a thorn in the side of Valhalla quarterback Luke Pillsbury, with corner Will Turner picking off Pillsbury in the first quarter.

The defense will have to remain stout against a Granite Hills squad that gets stronger as the game progresses and are riding high after an emotional come-from-behind victory last week.

Speaking of the Eagles, they come into Grossmont undefeated after a revenge match against Steele Canyon.

The Cougars got the best of the Eagles last year in the Division II semifinals, but it was the Eagles who won the rematch thanks to a last-minute touchdown run by Christopher Ostreng.

Ostreng is a dual-threat at quarterback as he has thrown for nine touchdowns and 892 yards while rushing 65 times for 437 yards and six touchdowns. He will have junior receiver James Johnson to throw to, as Johnson has already secured 15 catches and two touchdowns on the season.

Granite Hills’ defense has been in many close contests, but it has made them battle-hardened in crunch time.

Ethan Bishop is the ballhawk leading the secondary with his two interceptions, one he made against Steele Canyon. Bishop will deliver hits as well as catch, evidenced by his 21 tackles made last week and 58 total for the season.

After last week’s big win and home-field advantage, Grossmont won’t be lacking confidence against the undefeated Granite Hills. The Eagles can’t take the Foothillers lightly, or they risk a chance of a significant upset on enemy territory.

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