East County Sports

Wolf Pack needs just six to beat Vaqueros

By Bill Dickens


WEST HILLS 6, EL CAPITAN 0 – In a game which was lacking in color, both coaches were scratching their heads in Friday night’s (Sept. 11) encounter in west Santee.


The Wolf Pack survived for a 6-0 win as both teams sputtered offensively.


“This was one of the worst games ever played in public,” said West Hills coach CASEY ASH.


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West Hills QB Spencer Moyer releases a pass during the Wolf Pack’s 6-0 win over visiting El Capitan Friday night in Santee. / TRyan Photography

But the Pack pulled out the win in the third quarter on a 40-yard touchdown pass from SPENCER MOYER to TAJ BROOMFIELD. But as frustrating as it was for the Wolf Pack, the kick was blocked by El Capitan.


With 20 seconds left the Vaqueros were driving for a game-winning score but were thwarted by TYLER SEPULVEDA’s interception at the 9-yard line.


El Capitan’s best scoring challenges were two missed field goals in the first half.


“We were fortunate when they missed two field goals in the first period,” Ash noted. “We had two inept offenses going at it.”


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Photo by TRyan Photography

West Hills’ defense came up tall behind nose guard OSCAR MORALES, middle linebacker DANIEL ALVAREZ, outside linebacker CLAYTON LEWIS and free safety Sepulveda.


Bottom line is Sepulveda made the biggest play with an interception in the end zone at the 9-yard line with 20 seconds left to seal the deal for the Wolf Pack.


Despite suffering three shutouts this season, junior quarterback PHOENIX CATES completed 14 of 28 passes for 133 yards for the Vaqueros. He spread his passed among seven receivers, including JAVIER VIDALEZ, who caught 3 for 38 yards, and JONATHON SUMMERS, who caught 3 for 30 yards.


CALIFORNIA MILITARY INSTITUTE 27, MOUNTAIN EMPIRE 13 – Hundred degree temperatures and humidity to match hampered the Red Hawks as they suffered their third straight loss in a non-league encounter Friday (Sept. 11) in Perris.


The Red Hawks scored in the first quarter on a 30-yard field goal by WYATT AGUILAR.


A snap out of the end zone gave the Red Hawks a safety in the 3rd quarter as the CMI Roughriders’ lead dwindled to 21-5 in their first win in three decisions.


Mountain Empire scored later in the quarter on a 5-yard keeper by quarterback VICTOR PARRA. Parra then flipped a successful 2-point conversion pass to JIMMY WILLS.


But that’s when the game of catch-up ended. Mountain Empire completed only 2 of 14 passes for 88 yards in the first half.


Things did not improve in the second half for the Red Hawks. Sophomore middle linebacker BLAKE JERRELL led the Red Hawks with 11 tackles.

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