Saturday, October 21, 2023

Prep Football: Granite Hills hangs on for double overtime win over Helix

Granite Hill & Helix put on another overtime thriller, Eagles came up big again

In a highly anticipated matchup, the top two teams from East County clashed for the Grossmont Hills League crown. No. 3 Granite Hills' (9-0, 4-0 GHL) dynamic duo, Maxwell Turner (24 carries for 167 yards) and Pablo Jackson (15 carries for 116 yards), combined for 247 yards and five touchdowns in a 44-43 double-overtime victory. Meanwhile, Granite Hills' freshman quarterback, Zachary Benitez, completed 11 of 20 passes for 161 yards and connected for a touchdown pass with junior receiver Brenden Lewis, who made six receptions for 111 yards.

Facing a 23-7 deficit late in the third quarter, No. 4 Helix (8-1, 3-1 GHL) rallied behind senior running back Kevin Allen III, who gained 269 yards on 37 carries and scored five touchdowns. After reaching the endzone to make the score 44-43 in the second overtime, Allen's attempt at a game-winning two-point conversion was stopped shy of the goal line. The Eagles extend their winning streak to 18 games, while the Highlanders maintain an 8-1 record as they prepare to conclude the regular season at home against Steele Canyon next Friday. Granite Hills will visit Grossmont with a chance to secure an Open Division berth and its first 10-win season in team history.

Monte Vista goes from a winless season to playing for a League Title share

After a 42-29 triumph over visiting Valhalla Thursday night, the Monte Vista Monarchs (3-6, 2-1 GVL) earned an opportunity to compete for a share of the Grossmont Valley League title next Friday. Unfortunately, they will be heavy underdogs on Senior Night against their visiting archrivals Mount Miguel (8-1, 3-0 GVL), who has outscored their league opponents 138-26 heading into this opportunity to win the league outright. A win by the Monte Vista would force a three-way tie that includes El Capitan.

Top 10 Results

1. Lincoln (10-0) - Def. University City 49-0
2. Carlsbad (9-0) - Def. #9 LCC 41-36
3. Granite Hills (9-0) - Def. #4 Helix 44-43 2OT
4. Helix (8-1) - Loss to #3 Granite Hills 43-44 2OT
5. El Camino (6-3) - Loss to #7 Mission Hills 21-7
6. Torrey Pines (6-3) - Def. Poway 38-14
7. Mission Hills (6-3) - Def. #5 El Camino 21-7
8. Del Norte (8-1) - Def. Ramona 42-28
9. La Costa Canyon (5-4) - Loss to #2 Carlsbad 41-36
10. Cathedral Catholic (3-6) - Bye


Mater Dei Catholic (5-3) - Def. Eastlake 36-14
Mount Miguel (8-1) - Def. El Cajon Valley 40-6
San Marcos (7-2) - Def. Rancho Bernardo 27-10
Mission Bay (7-2) - Loss to Crawford 26-14
Brawley (8-1) - Def. Calexico 40-0

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