Week 1: Granite Hills Eagles 28, Poway Titans 24
The first game of the high school regular season took place at Poway High School as the defending Palomar League champion Poway Titans opened at home against the Granite Hills Eagles.
Granite Hills was able to take Poway’s best punch and took down the Titans on the road, 28-24.
The game opened with a familiar face scoring the opening touchdown.
All-CIF performer Josh Butler finished a great opening drive with a 13-yard touchdown run.
However, Granite Hills was able to respond as running back Richard Harris scored on a sweep from 9 yards out to tie the score at 7-all as the first quarter came to an end.
Poway almost went up 14-7 on a halfback pass from Butler but the receiver dropped the ball in the end zone. Poway settled for a field goal and went up 10-7.
Granite Hills got pinned deep in its own territory towards the end of the half and it appeared they were content with running down the clock and entering the half down 10-7.
Then the big play magic struck as quarterback Justus McComb hooked up on a 73-yard pass with wide receiver Jacob Setterberg. The play led to a 14-yard touchdown throw from McComb to receiver James Johnson, which gave Granite Hills momentum going into the half, up 14-10.
The third quarter started pretty slow but the game started to pick up starting with another Harris touchdown from 4 yards out to put the Eagles up 21-10.
Poway looked to respond and did so at the start of the fourth with a 17-yard touchdown run from quarterback Andrew Wiesley to cut the lead to 21-16 after a failed two-point conversion.
Poway got the ball right back and put points on the board quickly as running back Jackson Huntley’s 3-yard touchdown put the TItans up 24-21.
Granite Hills did not lay down after this late charge from Poway, however. The Eagles junior quarterback McComb led a drive capped off by a 5-yard touchdown run that put Granite Hills up 28-24 late.
This score would prove to be the final. For the second year in a row in the season-opening game, the Granite Hills Eagles took down the Poway Titans.
Poway, now 0-1, will look to bounce back next week as they take on Olympian. Granite Hills will take their 1-0 record back home as they take on Mt. Carmel.
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The start of the high school football season kicks off on Friday night as the Eagles from Granite Hills High take on the Titans of Poway High.
The two teams squared off in the opener of the 2018 season where Granite Hills pulled out a 17-13 victory at home.
The reigning champs from the Palomar League, the Titans look to repeat that success after coming off an 8-3 campaign with a 5-0 league mark.
Led by Palomar League Offensive Player of the Year senior tailback Josh Butler (1,138 rush yards, 19 total touchdowns), Poway will continue to ride their workhorse running back to victories this year. It doesn’t hurt to have four of your five offensive linemen from a year ago return either; a veteran group led by standout seniors Andrew Johnson and George Fournier.
Coach Scott Coats of Poway is going into his third year leading the program and stressed the idea of balance for his team.
Coats believes junior wideout Vance Jefferson, who already has an offer from Arizona State, is poised to make a big impact in the passing game along with transfer quarterback from Westview senior Andrew Wiesley.
The defense will be led by junior linebacker Daniel Kries, the team’s second-leading tackler from a season ago, senior defensive lineman Bradley Dumas, and senior Willy Blanco in the secondary.
The Granite Hills Eagles ended the season with an impressive 10-2 mark with a 4-1 league record, putting them in a three-way tie for first in the Grossmont Hills League.
Eagles head coach Kellan Cobbs is going into his eighth season coaching the team.
Cobbs has a squad that has made a move up to Division I and continues to hang its hat on the defensive side of the football.
Granite Hills is led by talented senior Ethen Bishop, the three-year starter at safety is coming off an incredible 100-tackle, two-interception season. The team also returns three senior defensive linemen, Jeremiah Satberry, Jacob Hennessey, and Zoseph Cuero.
Coach Cobbs also mentioned that he wanted the offensive attack to be more explosive and precise, particularly in the passing game and he feels junior quarterback Justus McComb can lead this unit with good decision making and strong-arm talent.
Another player that has the program excited is senior running back Richard Harris. He plays defensive back as well and coach Cobbs has a strong belief that Harris can be a playmaker they rely on this year.
Even with the Eagles coming out on top last year, coach Cobbs understands the significance of adapting to the new style Poway may bring along with making sure his team limits their mistakes. He acknowledged that last year’s game was a bit sloppy in all areas and coach hopes to tighten up in all three phases in order to lead his team to a road victory.
The game will be on Friday, August 23 at 7 p.m. at Poway High School.
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