Rancho San Diego Struggling on offense and trailing by 14 points in the fourth quarter, West Hills rallied for 17 unanswered points and a stunning 20-17 victory over Steele Canyon on Friday night in the Grossmont Hills League opener for both teams.
As time expired, Daniel McManus nailed a 24-yard field goal, his 10th of the season, to give West Hills (5-1) its first win over the Cougars (2-4) in seven years.
“It was nerve-racking,” McManus said. “Get it down. Get it through.
“First time beating Steele Canyon in a while, coming off a loss, this was a great way to start league play.”
Behind 158 rushing yards by Markell Lindley, Steele Canyon built a 17-3 lead heading into the fourth quarter.
West Hills’ Peanut Herrada then hauled in a 51-yard TD pass from Stephen Schindler to make it 17-9 (after the PAT was blocked).
Seventeen seconds later, Noah Ortiz intercepted a pass and returned it 30 yards for a score — the fifth time this season the Wolf Pack returned a pick-6. Then, Noah Ylagan made a terrific second-effort catch-and-run for the 2-point conversion and a 17-17 tie.
The Cougars had a chance for a 37-yard field goal on their final possession, but a muffed snap and turned the ball over to West Hills.
McManus hauled in a 38-yard pass to set up his game-winning kick seven plays later.