Grossmont Foothillers 37, Olympian Eagles 21
The Grossmont Foothillers (1-1) were looking to rebound after their loss to Bishop’s to open the season, and they were indeed able to right the ship after the took the victory at home against the Olympian Eagles (1-1) 37-21 thanks to an impressive showing from their offense and timely defensive stands.
The two teams traded touchdowns early in the first quarter, but it was the Foothillers who pulled ahead on Jaime Odom’s 31-yard touchdown pass to Desmond Carter. Odom would help his team’s cause with a 2-yard touchdown run, with the scoring spree topped off by an Amber Huff field goal, putting the score at 24-7. Olympian remained undaunted and struck back with a Nico Mendoza 3-yard touchdown pass to Isaiah Williams, and Renz Casiano’s interception prevented Grossmont from scoring another touchdown before halftime. Olympian defender Rock Gonzales also made his presence felt among the Grossmont offense, as he was involved in numerous plays and recorded two sacks of his own.
After halftime, The Eagles were able to stave off Grossmont when the Foothillers were knocking on the door of the end zone. A clutch interception led to Olympian getting the ball back and Mendoza orchestrating his team down the field and capping the run off with a 40 yard touchdown pass to Williams. Grossmont would roar back with a big play of their own as Shevell Shepard Jr, who already had a 2-yard touchdown run at the start of the game, caught a screen pass from Odom and took care of the rest, breaking tackles on his way to a 52-yard catch and run for a touchdown. Despite a valiant effort, Olympian would not be able to make a comeback as Grossmont padded on one last touchdown en route to 37-21 victory.
Olympian will return home next Friday to take on Poway, as Grossmont will look to keep the ball rolling as they prepare to go up against Hilltop
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PREVIEW: The Olympian Eagles (1-0) showed perseverance and stamina in their 41-38 win against Santa Fe Christian, a game which went into double overtime and was decided via field goal by kicker Erik Duarte. The Eagles will look to use this victory as momentum to start a winning streak, as they travel to Grossmont High to take on the Grossmont Foothillers (0-1), who are hoping to rebound after a tough loss to Bishop’s 22-13.
Grossmont head coach Tom Karlo will look to see more production out of his quarterback platoon of senior Dylan Smith and sophomore Jaime Odom, who would combine for 217 yards yet also combine for three interceptions in the loss. The Foothillers still have solid options at wideout though, as senior Zach Jones and junior Desmond Carter each had over 60 yards receiving last Friday night. Senior running back Shevell Sterling will be a nice compliment for the offense, as he looks to be a workhorse in the backfield. The defensive unit will be led by seniors Andrew Lira and Daisean Crawford, who look to build off of their strong performances and contain an Eagle’s offense that gained over 400 yards last week.
Olympian comes into this game with high spirits and look to avenge their 49-13 loss last year against Grossmont. Coach Paul Van Nostrand will employ senior Nico Mendoza as his quarterback as he looks to continue his success from last week, when he threw for 294 yards and four touchdown passes. Lookout for senior David Tirey, as he operates as both a tailback and a safety for the Eagles, making him a dangerous weapon on both sides of the field. Aside from Tirey, Olympian defenders Rock Gonzales and Jared Desmond are eager to make plays and bring the pressure to one or both of Grossmont’s quarterbacks.
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