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Granite Hills pulls off upset of Parker

11/23/2013, 12:07am PST
By Greg Ball, Special to the U-T

Eagles control the clock and keep ball away from Lancers.

Francis Parker’s eight-year streak of trips to the San Diego Section football semifinals is over, and Granite Hills is heading to the semis for the first time in 27 seasons.

The eighth-seeded Eagles upset the top-seeded team in the Division III bracket Friday, handing the Lancers a 28-16 loss in the quarterfinals that was as one-sided as it was shocking.

Granite Hills (7-5) advanced to face fifth-seeded San Marcos in the semifinals next Friday, and did it by taking control of Friday’s game from the outset.

The Eagles scored on the fifth play from scrimmage — a 61-yard burst up the sideline by Michael Ladesma — and found the end zone on four of their fist five possessions. Chris Meredith scored on quarterback sneaks of 1 and 2 yards, and Seth Collins later sneaked in from a yard out under center.

Francis Parker threatened in the final three minutes, but after a remarkable fourth-down conversion from its own 15 and another long pass down into Granite Hills territory, the drive was halted by an interception with 2:40 to play.

“It’s a great accomplishment for these kids,” Granite Hills coach Kellan Cobbs said. “They deserve it.

“We knew we had to control the clock. They have a very explosive offense. We knew if we could keep our offense on the field, we’d have a shot.”

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