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Granada vs. Foothill

The Foothill Falcons came into last Friday night’s game against the Granada Matadors with only one win, however, they did not look like a team with just a single win.  Foothill came in and controlled the contest from start to finish with physical play on both sides of the ball.

The game began with the Falcons on offense in front of a fired up homecoming crowd that was given something to cheer about early.  Foothill’s ground game dominated all evening and it began with a 16-play, 7:30 minute drive from their own 24-yard line.  The final play was a two yard touchdown plunge by Fullback Griffith Gates.  Fifteen of the sixteen plays of the drive were runs with only one throw of the ball that converted a 4th down and 8 with a pass from Quarterback Tommy Paulson to Wide Receiver Ray Hudson.  Later, the Falcon defense forced a quick three and out with a couple of big hits by Linebackers Cody Shields and Perry Cheney.  After the Granada punt, Foothill regained possession and reached the end zone once again only three plays later on an 11 yard scoring run by Receiver Jordan Ramil.  Granada again only went three plays and were out as the first quarter came to an end with their lone highlight being a nice pancake block by Offensive Lineman Nicholas Pletschette.

The second quarter began with Foothill making a 10:30, 20-play drive.  Nineteen of the twenty plays were rushing by Gates and sophomore Running Back, Jamirr Holland.  Holland also had the only pass reception on the drive for a 15 yard gain on a 3rd down and 12.  Gates eventually capped the long drive  with a 7 yard run putting Foothill up 21-0, a lead they would take into the half.

Granada’s second-half hopes of a comeback ended quickly when the first play of the third quarter was picked off by Cody Shields and returned to the 10-yard line which set up Griffith Gates’ third touchdown score of the night.  Gates ended his night with 145 yards and three touchdowns.  The Matadors continued to struggle offensively by being forced to punt and then turning another possession over on downs.  The fourth quarter began as the Falcons finished an 11-play drive behind the strong running of Jamirr Holland, who ended his night with 100 yards rushing.  The Falcons’ last score, was their only one through the air, in which Paulson hooked up with Ray Hudson for an 11 yard touchdown strike.  Foothill’s Tyler Trinidad, backed the Granada offense up on a four yard sack to start the next series.  Then about a minute into the fourth quarter, the Granada Matador’s  finally gained the first of their first downs in the game with a scramble by Jeremy Mata for a 12 yard gain.  Mata connected with Receiver, Dillon Graber, for another first down gaining 15 yards but the offense would stall once again by fumbling the ball and giving possession back to Foothill which ended the Matadors’ only real offensive threat of the entire contest.

In the end, the Foothill Falcons proved to be too much of an offensive dominating force for the Granada Matadors to handle this time around.

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