el cajon Grossmont’s annual homecoming game was dominated by the little train that could. And in this case he did.
Sophomore running back Jake “Little Train” Haar scored touchdowns on a run of 6 yards and a 20-yard pass from Anthony Lawrence as the Foothillers hung on to edge Steele Canyon 21-19 in a Grossmont Hills League game Friday night.
Haar’s effort was not a solo act as Grossmont’s defense came up big with the game on the line.
After Dominic Anderson scored on a 1-yard sneak for the Cougars with 8.8 seconds remaining, Steele Canyon was in a position to tie the game and force overtime. But the bid for the two-point conversion failed when Grossmont stuffed the sweep.
Steele Canyon took the opening kickoff and controlled the ball for 19 plays and the clock for 10:38 but did not score. Grossmont had the ball for seven plays in its possession, but also did not score as the first quarter ended 0-0.
Grossmont finally broke through in the third quarter when Haar scored the first of his two touchdowns.
It didn’t take the Cougars long to counterpunch as quarterback Anderson fired a 51-yard strike to Xavier Goodloe to the Grossmont 6-yard line. Three plays later, Anderson scored on a 5-yard scramble to tie the game 7-7.
Barnes set a school record for career touchdown receptions on an 8-yard grab from Lawrence in the fourth quarter.