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Granite Hills outlasts San Pasqual

08/26/2016, 10:53pm PDT
By Justin Lafferty

East County squad withstands late drives by Golden Eagles

Granite Hills' Jake Siegfried

EL CAJON — Granite Hills High held off a late charge Friday night from visiting San Pasqual, emerging with a 14-12 victory to open the season.

Granite Hills (1-0) quarterback Chris Ostreng finished with a team-high 66 rushing yards, also going 4 of 7 with 21 passing yards.

San Pasqual (0-1) struck first, scoring on a 1-yard run in the second quarter by Spencer Pugh. That lead held until Ostreng scored on a 42-yard run midway through the third quarter. Bryce Strickland’s extra point gave Granite Hills its first lead of the game 7-6.

Shortly before the end of the third quarter, Granite Hills linebacker Durade Aqili intercepted a Nick Hurst pass and returned it 11 yards to the end zone for a touchdown.

San Pasqual rallied early in the fourth quarter, but two early drives deep into Granite Hills territory were fruitless. Hurst finally broke through midway through the quarter.

Hurst found Adam Campos for a 26-yard touchdown pass to cut the deficit to 14-12. However, a Hurst pass on the two-point conversion attempt sailed out of the corner of the end zone. The Granite Hills defense held from there.

Granite Hills used a two-quarterback offense, with Ostreng and Jake Siegfried under center, but running the ball most of the time. Siegfried rushed for 48 yards on seven carries.

Hurst finished 6 of 15 through the air for 106 yards, one TD and two interceptions. San Pasqual had an effective running game, led by Saud Carillo (96 yards) and Pugh (61 yards).

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