The tale of two halves: Eastlake makes Adjustments to Control Game Against Pebble Hills

Eastlake’s homecoming wasn’t an easy matchup. The number one ranked team in the city would face a Pebble Hills team that pulled a huge upset the previous week. Much anticipation from both teams throughout the week would set up a close game on Friday night. But in the end it was the Falcons getting the 33-14 win.

Pebble hills would start aggressively, a big return on the opening kickoff would set them up to score less than an minute in. Jumping to an early 6-0 lead would have the Spartans feeling confident.

A few turnovers, couple of three-and-outs from both sides made this game a defensive battle. Eastlake would finally answer to go ahead 7-6.

The Spartans would get a key turnover to push ahead late in the second half 14-7. Eastlake would have the last say going into halftime by getting a field goal and pulling within 4. 

The second half would be a different tale. Elijah Uribe who rushed 33 times for 224 yards and two touchdowns would control the game most of the second half.

Logging all his snaps at QB the game plan was simple. Ground and pound, chew clock and keep Pebble Hills’ offense off the field. It worked to perfection, the Falcons would score 23 unanswered to finish the game giving the Spartans just two possessions on offense the entire second half.

Uribe and company would wear down the spartan defense running a near 25 plays in a row due to turnovers. The Falcons would buckle down and secure their 5th straight victory with a 33-14 win.

Eastlake will travel to Franklin for a 7 p.m. Pebble Hills plays Socorro at 4 p.m. Friday at the SAC.

Christian Molinar, Tony Grijalva, Ace Acosta Reporting