The last two meetings between Granite Hills and El Capitan ended in failed field-goal attempts at the buzzer with the two sides splitting those games.
There would be no such suspense on Friday night as Granite Hills took care of business early in its homecoming game, beating El Capitan 28-7 at Valley Stadium.
Jake Siegfried, a three-year starter, made sure of that, scoring three first-half touchdowns en route to 228 rushing yards on 23 carries.
“That freakin’ quarterback – Jake’s a heck of a runner,” El Capitan defensive back Chase Lovato said. “Gotta give it to them.”
Last year, Siegfried had 426 total yards, but Granite Hills came up empty after a blocked field goal on the last play of the game.
Tyler Gonzalez helped aplenty as well, rushing 14 times for 156 yards with a 73-yard TD as Granite Hills (3-2) piled up 392 rushing yards and 431 total yards.
“That’s the game of football,” Siegfried said. “You take what you can get. The offensive line was outstanding.”
El Capitan (2-3) got 171 passing yards from Antonio Olivieri, who was 14 of 26, but the Vaqueros had trouble moving the ball after a big opening series.
El Capitan drove 70 yards in seven plays on its first possession with Olivieri hitting Dylan Burke on a 21-yard TD pass.
The Eagles answered with three successive scoring drives in the second quarter, covering 65, 48 and 64 yards with Siegfried scoring from 19, 14 and 1 yards. Siegfried had 153 yards in the half as Granite Hills rolled up 204 total yards and 12 first downs in taking a 21-7 lead.
On the first play of the third quarter, Gonzalez busted loose for a 73-yard TD sprint.
“Homecoming – to beat El Cap feels awesome,” Gonzalez said. “It always feels good to win, but this one’s special.”
Lindgren is a freelance writer.