East County Sports

Wolf Pack rushes and Guinn, Guinn, wins

GRIFFIN GUINN pounds in a touchdown on Friday night against Serra.

2016 EAST COUNTY PREP FOOTBALL

WEST HILLS 31, SERRA 14

 

By James McHugh
© East County Sports.com

 

SANTEE (9-23-16) – The West Hills Wolf Pack completed just five passes Friday night (Sept. 23) against the visiting Conquistadors of Serra and still walked away with a 31-14 victory.

 

Needless to say the West Hills run game was key on Homecoming night as the Pack used eight different rushers to take down Serra.

 

Junior AUSTIN DILL got things started on the ground for West Hills with a 54-yard burst on the Wolf Pack’s first offensive possession. Just second later, HAYDEN ROACH connected with RYAN JEWELL for a 10-yard touchdown and an early 7-0 lead.

 

Roach would attempt just 10 passes on the evening, completing 5 for 61 yards and two touchdowns.

 

West Hills looked like they were about to blow things open early, but a missed 35-yard field goal and then a fumble at the Serra 10-yard line squelched a few early scoring opportunities.

 

The Wolf Pack didn’t get flustered though, as they continued pounding away in the ground game. Eight rushers tallied 239 yards on 37 carries for coach CASEY ASH’s squad.

 

“We’re still learning the nuances of this offense and trying to get all the pieces to work together,” Ash said.

 

One thing the Wolf Pack did particularly well on the night was keep the Conquistadors off the field. Serra managed just 68 yards rushing on the night on 25 carries and didn’t fare much better through the air, completing 3 of 12 attempts.

 

West Hills owned time of possession by nearly nine minutes, despite two of their scores coming off of quick three play drives.

 

Serra quarterback Joaquin Quintana-McKinney led all passers with 105 yards on the night, but 77 of those yards came on a single play, a late touchdown pass to Tysheid Dixon.

 

Senior running back GRIFFIN GUINN had a big night for West Hills. He celebrated Homecoming in style with 75 yards and two rushing touchdowns.

 

The final West Hills touchdown of the night came on a 3-yard pass from Roach to Dill late in the third quarter.

 

CADE WEAVER added a 25-yard field goal to give West Hills a 31-7 lead in the fourth before Quintana-McKinney and Dixon hooked up on Serra’s lone big play of the evening.

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