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ROUNDUP: Pack gold against Olympians

West Hills senior Tyler Haley. / Vic Marano



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Thurs., Sept. 1

ECS staff report


SANTEE – For the second straight season, the West Hills Wolf Pack registered a shutout in their home opener, knocking out Olympian, 24-0, in Thursday’s (Sept. 1) non-league contest at Wolf Pack Stadium.

The Pack (2-1 overall) now lead the all-time series, 2-0, also taking last season’s series debut, 41-12, in the South Bay.

A year ago, West Hills blanked Kearny, 35-0, which is part of the Pack’s 6-game home-field winning streak against non-league competition.

West Hills senior Jack Tracy recorded three sacks as part of the shutout effort by the defense.

West Hills senior quarterback Collin Dill had 184 yards of total offense, including 123 on the grounds. Dill had a 48-yard touchdown run, as well as a 29-yard run.

Junior running back Diego Calderson scored a pair of touchdowns for the Wolf Pack. He rushed 20 times for 118 yards.

Calderon extended West Hills’ lead to 10-0 with a 3-yard run in the second quarter

Junior receiver Alexander Grubbs caught a pair of passes from Dill for 33 yards.

Senior kicker Tyler Haley had a 41-yard field goal and was 3-for-3 on his point-after tries.


SPRING VALLEY -Mount Miguel’s season-long shutout streak ended in the second quarter on Thursday (Sept. 1). However, when Montgomery missed the conversion, the Matadors still held a 7-6 advantage going into the fourth quarter.

Still, the Aztecs came back late to tally the go-ahead touchdown with 1:04 remaining to hand Mount Miguel (2-1) its first setback of the season.

Montgomery (2-1) has now defeated Grossmont Valley League opponents in consecutive weeks, also downing Santana in a close, defensive struggle, 6-0, by scoring in the waning moments in that victory, as well.

Montgomery spoiled the terrific effort and shutout streak by the Mount Miguel defense over the previously unbeaten Matadors. Mount Miguel had opened the season by holding its three opponents scoreless for more than 125 minutes to open the season.

The Matadors had spun consecutive shutouts to open the campaign, the only section team to do so.

And Mount Miguel appeared headed to that third-straight blanking before the Aztecs scored to draw within a point late in the third quarter after the Matadors’ Davian McGowan broke a scoreless tie near the start of the period with a 3-yard rushing touchdown.

The missed extra-point was appearing to be costly until the hosts broke through again in the contest’s final minutes.

The Matadors ended up with a fourth-down turnover on their final drive with under a minute to play.

Senior quarterback Nate Ong, who replaced an injured starter and completed a 23-yard touchdown pass in the final minutes in last week’s win over the Sultans, pulled off the late heroics again with a quarterback sneak for the go-ahead touchdown. He also threw a touchdown pass for the first Aztec score.

Senior running back Isaac Cervantes rushed 16 times for 90 yards for the Aztecs.

Montgomery has one of the county’s best defenses statistically, allowing just 30 points in three games.


RANCHO SAN DIEGO – Following Steele Canyon’s road victory in San Marcos last season, the Knights returned the favor on Thursday (Sept. 1) with a one-sided decision over the Cougars.

The victory was the first-ever by San Marcos over Steele Canyon in four all-time meetings. The Cougars also won in 2009 and 2012,

Steele Canyon senior Major Givens rushed for 173 yards and three touchdowns. Givens has rushed for 630 yards in three games this season.

Givens had a touchdown run in the second quarter, but Steele Canyon trailed 20-7 at halftime. He had two scores in the third quarter.

His first score drew the Cougs to within 13-6 on a 7-yard run on fourth-and-goal.

However, the Cougars could only muster 27 yards through the air on just three completions (on 16 attempts).

San Marcos returned two interceptions for touchdowns.

Despite the one-sided nature of the contest, the Cougars registered six sacks, including a pair each by seniors Joseph Haisch and Enzo D’augusta.

San Marcos has one of the top young passing prospects in the county in freshman Kreet Makihele, who passed for four touchdowns, including three to sophomore Jase Nix.

Makihele has 12 touchdown passes this season.



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