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Pack boots Barons from playoffs

West Hills sophomore Collin Dill runs from Bonita Vista on Friday. / Vic Marano

 

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2021 EAST COUNTY PREP FOOTBALL

WEST HILLS 41, BONITA VISTA 28

 

EastCountySports.com staff report

 

SANTEE – The 2021 West Hills Wolf Pack will try to go where no Pack team has gone before.

Fifth-seeded West Hills blistered the 12th-seeded Bonita Vista Barons – taking an eventual four-touchdown lead in the fourth quarter – to hand the challengers a 41-28 defeat in the opening round of the San Diego CIF Division III playoffs on Friday night.

It was the team’s 11th-straight victory this season and 13th-in-a-row overall, dating back to last spring.

Now, the Wolf Pack will try to reach a San Diego CIF division semifinal for the first time in school history, having been turned away in 10 previous efforts in the quarterfinals, including seven times on the road.

West Hills will travel to face one of the strongest home-field advantages in the section when they face the fourth-seeded Ramona next Friday. The Wolf Pack lost a semifinal to the Bulldogs, 41-21, in a Division III quarterfinal game on the road back in 2012.

In the victory over Bonita Vista, Braden Oberg had nearly 325 yards of total offense. He was 10-of-12 passing for 167 yards, including a pair of touchdowns to Max Conaway.

Oberg also rushed 17 times for 157 yards.

 

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Diego Calderon, an emerging star in the backfield as the season has progressed, scored two rushing touchdowns, including a 12-yard run with two minutes left in the first quarter for a 7-0 West Hills League.

Oberg threw his first touchdown pass to Max Conaway for a touchdown to extend the lead to 14-0.

Versatile West Hills sophomore Collin Dill threw a 5-yard touchdown pass to Dylan Snyder and the Wolf Pack appeared to be on the way to the next round at 21-0.

Dante Scott scored on a touchdown to get Bonita Vista on the board right before halftime as the score was 21-7 at intermission.

Calderon scored on a touchdown for his second TD of the night, extending the West Hills League to 28-7.

Oberg threw a touchdown pass to Conaway, although the PAT was blocked, as the Wolf Pack led 34-14.

Dill scored on a touchdown run off a pitch to give West Hills a 41-14 lead with eight minutes left in the game.

Dill rushed 12 times for 106 yards.

Passing to Conaway for Oberg is back like it never left.

Conaway was limited on offense for several weeks during the season due to sore and bruised ribs, but the two-way talent reeled in eight receptions for 139 yards in the win.

Sack man Dylan Freund had a wrap-up of the Baron QB.

West Hills (11-0) allowed Bonita Vista a mild rally in the fourth quarter.

 

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