After having its 2016 season start and finish with losses to Granite Hills High, the San Pasqual football team was looking for some payback in Friday night’s season opener.
The Golden Eagles collected in a big way, converting a pair of first-half interceptions into scores as the hosts rolled to a 52-7 nonleague victory at Golden Eagle Stadium.
San Pasqual scored touchdowns on its first four possessions, beginning with a 42-yard touchdown pass from Westin Erdman to Conor Davis barely four minutes into the season.
Interceptions by Adam Price and Carson Cruz led to additional scores, including a 52-yard TD run by Brett Sayers as San Pasqual rolled to a 28-0 halftime lead
“We had our season bookended by losses to those guys last year, so we had to come up with something different,” San Pasqual coach Tony Corley said. “We had a purpose, and if we can beat a good team like that, then we’re off to a good start."
Granite Hills managed just 68 yards of offense in the first half and at times was its own worst enemy with eight first-half penalties for 60 yards. The two-time Grossmont Valley League champions, who have 18 new starters, finished with 10 penalties for 90 yards.
“They got after us early, and I think our youth showed when we were faced with adversity,” said Granite Hills coach Kellan Cobbs.
San Pasqual had 211 yards of offense in the first two periods and amassed 395 yards rushing for the game.
“We prepared really well all summer,” said Erdman, who had 78 yards rushing and 56 yards passing. His last play of the night was a 44-yard touchdown run on the first play of the fourth period.
Shawn Carter had 119 yards on just five carries, including a 79-yard score, while Saud Carrillo rushed 23 times for 85 yards, including a pair of 1-yard scores.
Hoff is a freelance writer.