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Valley Center rallies for fourth straight win

09/23/2016, 11:10pm PDT
By Jim Lindgren

Facing a 14-point deficit in the fourth quarter — without much of a passing attack through the first 40 minutes — Valley Center staged a furious comeback to beat Granite Hills 27-21 in overtime Friday night in the first-ever meeting between the schools. 

Daniel Belcher scored on a 3-yard run in OT to give the Jaguars (4-1) their fourth straight victory, capping a brilliant night for the senior tailback, who finished with 159 yards on 33 carries. 

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Granite Hills (1-3) then went 4-and-out on its OT possession. 

Rikki Mazzetti completed 14 of 26 for 206 yards and three touchdowns for Valley Center, most of it after three quarters. Brock Moffitt finished with seven catches for 144 yards and three TDs. 

The Eagles led 21-7 with 9:07 left when Mazzetti hit Moffitt on a 2-yard TD pass. 

With just over 2 minutes to play, a Granite Hills punt pinned the Jaguars at their 5-yard line. Four plays later, Mazzetti found Moffitt downfield over the middle, and the senior wideout turned it into a 70-yard scoring play to tie it 21-21 with 0:45 left. 

The Eagles drove on their ensuing possession, but a high snap on a 31-yard field-goal attempt by Bryce Strickland messed up the kick. 

Jake Siegfried, who guided the Eagles to a 9-2-mark last year as a sophomore, reclaimed the QB job in Week 2 when sophomore Chris Ostreng sustained a broken collarbone. 

Siegfried completed 8 of 16 for 140 yards, including an 18-yard TD pass to Husson Gates. Siegfried also ran 21 times for 138 yards and two TDs on QB sneaks.

Siegfried completed his first five passes for 77 yards, including the TD to Gates to give the Eagles a 7-0 lead. Valley Center tied it just before halftime, reeling off a 13-play, 67-yard drive with Mazzetti hitting Moffitt for the first of three scores. 

Belcher had all 21 carries for the Jaguars in the first half, good for 106 yards. 

Lindgren is a freelance writer.

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