SANTEE Behind running back Thomas Youmog’s two rushing touchdowns, Granite Hills defeated West Hills 20-14 to move to 6-1 on the season and 1-0 in Grossmont Valley League play.
Leading up to Friday’s game, Granite Hills head coach Kellan Cobbs predicted a close matchup, just as it has been in recent years between the two schools.
According to Cobbs, the big difference with this year’s Eagles squad: They have learned how to win the close games, as evident by their three single-digit wins this season.
Make that four single-digit wins.
Twice the Wolf Pack (3-5, 1-1) drove deep into Granite Hills territory, only to be intercepted in the end zone. The last pick, by defensive back Cameron Rojas with just over a minute remaining sealed the Eagles’ victory.
On the game’s first series, Granite Hills quarterback Jacob Siegfried connected with receiver Ryan Roj for a 15-yard touchdown to give the visitors a 7-0 lead, but the Wolf Pack answered on the ensuing drive with a Spencer Moyer 11-yard scoring run.
In the second quarter, West Hills drove 80 yards in 7:23, capped off by a 9-yard touchdown reception by receiver Taj Broomfield.
Youmog powered into the end zone from 2 yards out to tie the score at 14 heading into halftime.
On the Eagles’ first play of the second half, Youmog ran 36 yards down the left sideline for what would be the winning touchdown.