Granite Hills 34, Valhalla 17
As the sun was setting in Granite Hills, the Valhalla Norsemen were looking for a three-peat victory against East County rival, the Granite Hills Eagles. Little did they know that the Eagles were coming with a vengeance, but on their own turf and their own time nonetheless.
It was a slow start on both sides for the first quarter, but Granite Hills was able to pick up the momentum with just three minutes left, securing a 6 yard rushing touchdown. Extra point is good and first quarter ends with a score 7-0, Granite Hills.
Going into the second quarter, Granite Hills continues to thrive as quarterback Jacob Siegfried with a 2 yard quarterback keeper touchdown. Score 14-0. Minutes later, Granite Hills would deepen the scoreboard gap with a solid 15 yard pass completed for a touchdown. Extra point is good, making the score 21-0, still Granite Hills. Valhalla finally makes a splash on the scoreboard, with a 10 yard rushing touchdown, completed by a 2 point conversion. Score 21-8.
In the third quarter, Valhalla’s own QB Dennis Dahlin passed to Brian Madriz for a 20-yard reception, which lead to Brian Madriz kicking a 30-yard field goal. Score 21-11 Granite Hills. Later on in the quarter, Granite Hills QB Jacob Siegfried pass tipped to Cristopher Ostreng for a 33-yard gain.
Heading into the fourth quarter, Valhalla was trying to push through to make a comeback, but Granite Hills gave it to them with a “Not Today, Norsemen”. Siegfried would go for a 10-yard quarterback keeper, resulting in a touchdown run, hiking the score up 28-11 Granite Hills.
Valhalla QB Dennis Dahlin would try to make a TD pass attempt, but would be intercepted by Granite Hills’ Gideon Alaba. Granite Hills David “Tyler” Gonzalez would go in for a 1-yard touchdown to make the score 34-11, Granite Hills.
The Eagles made "third time’s the charm" a reality instead of a goal or distant dream. Granite Hills would go on to snatch the win from Valhalla, 34-17, breaking their two-year losing streak and evening both teams records to (1-1).
Week 3 will be here soon so sit back and stay tuned in next Friday as Valhalla takes on Mount Miguel and Granite Hills hosts another home game against Steele Canyon.
With high school football having week one under the belt, it’s time for America’s Finest City teams to show the county what they are made of, regardless of the win or loss each team received last week.
This week, one of the featured games will be a familiar, classic East County matchup. The Valhalla Norsemen are facing their usual week 2 opponents, the Granite Hills Eagles, as well as looking to get a three-peat victory.
Valhalla had one of their best football seasons to date last year, ending the season with an impressive 8-3 and made it to 2016 Open Division quarterfinals, where they lost to this year’s team to watch, Helix. Granite Hills had a noteworthy run as well, with an overall 7-5 record and advanced to the second round of CIF playoffs.
Despite the heavy loss of losing players who graduated and only four senior starters from last years roster remaining, Coach Charles Bussey is looking forward to building on their record and rebuilding the team. Eagles Coach Kellan Cobbs expects his team to come back bigger, faster and stronger after coming up short last season.
With both teams being top contenders, each team has respective players to watch. From the Norsemen roster, Tyler Schimke in the Norsemens’ week one game alone recorded two touchdown for the 33-20 victory over Scripps Ranch, scoring twice under 60 seconds. On the Eagles side, William Burton stands at 6-foot-5, weighs 240 pounds, and plays on both sides of the ball. Being able to play as a tight end and a dominant force on defense, it makes Burton a huge target. With eight quarterback sacks gathered last season, he is ready to make an even bigger splash in the East County.
Kickoff starts at 7:00p.m. at Granite Hills High School in El Cajon.
Will Valhalla be able to grab their third victory against Granite Hills or will Granite Hills make “third time’s the charm” a reality and take the win on their own turf?
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