AURORA | The Grandview football team had to wait to four games to unleash Chukwuma Obinnah and it did so extensively Friday night.
The junior running back — who had to sit out four games after he transferred from nearby Regis Jesuit — got 18 carries in his debut, piling up 182 yards and three touchdowns in the Wolves’ 35-14 Homecoming victory over Eaglecrest at rain-soaked Legacy Stadium.
On a night not suited for much of a passing game, Obinnah broke off big chunks of yardage — his long run was 62 yards — short ones and several in between in his first game since the opener of the 2012 season when he racked up 241 yards against Rangeview while playing for Regis Jesuit.
Senior quarterback Tyler Smith also scored on the ground for coach John Schultz’s Wolves, who had 284 yards rushing in the game, improving to 4-1 overall and 1-0 in Centennial League play.
Eaglecrest struggled to move the ball in the first half, but found some traction in the final two quarters to score 14 points.
The Raptors fell to 3-2 overall and 0-1 in the conference.
It was a much difference contest from the matchup between the teams last season, which Grandview won 37-36.
GRANDVIEW 35, EAGLECREST 14
Score by quarters:
Eaglecrest 0 0 6 8 — 14
Grandview 7 7 14 7 — 35
Grandview: Chukwuma Obinnah 18-182 yards, 3 touchdowns; Tyler Smith 6-41 yards, 1 touchdown; Ben Marshall 15-35 yards, Cody Summers 5-24 yards; Brandon Brooks 2-2 yards
Grandview: Smith 1-3, 16 yards; Summers 0-1
Grandview: Jason Burger 1-16 yards