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Grand Terrace football season ends in quarterfinals against Quartz Hill

By in Press Enterprise on November 18, 2017

By Tim Dutton

GRAND TERRACE – At the end of a night on which almost nothing seemed to go right for Grand Terrace, the Titans took some time to celebrate a season in which a lot did.

Quartz Hill ended the most successful football season in Grand Terrace history Friday night, rolling to a 36-13 victory in the quarterfinals of the CIF-SS Division 10 playoffs. The Rebels (11-1) will play top-seeded Apple Valley in the semifinals next weekend.

Quartz Hill got 206 yards passing from Matthew Tago, but in a game that should have been much closer than the final score, Grand Terrace (10-2) was undone by a rash of mistakes. Two fumbles, a pair of interceptions, a pooch kick it couldn’t chase down and a muffed punt attempt were too much for the Titans to overcome against a Quartz Hill program that went to the Division 11 title game a year ago.

“Turnovers,” Titans coach Ryan Smalls said. “You can’t win games like that. It’s nobody’s fault, just plays that happened in the game. It was 10-0 before we knew it, and then two fumbles in the red zone … not much to say.”

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There were plenty of tears after the game, as the seniors put down their helmets for the […]    

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