Westview erased a 10-point halftime deficit, then came back from a five-point deficit in the final five minutes to secure a thrilling 27-26 win over visiting Rancho Bernardo in a Palomar League game Friday.
“We were hoping to get a win to increase our playoff chances,” Westview coach Mike Woodward said. “I’m so proud of our guys because they battled. They’re warriors.”
After taking their first lead of the game early in the fourth quarter, the Wolverines (3-6, 1-2) fell behind again on a 9-yard David Arevalo run with 5:05 left in the game.
Westview responded, driving 73 yards in eight plays to regain the lead on Michael Shadowen’s second TD run of the quarter.
“We haven’t been the most poised this year, and we’re young, but the guys really stepped up,” Woodward said.
The Broncos (1-8, 0-3) relied on a pair of big plays to pull in front. Jimmy Byron had a 98-yard kickoff return and quarterback Mike Searson scored on a 66-yard TD run as Rancho Bernardo went ahead 17-7 in the second quarter.
Searson led the Broncos with 126 rushing yards and threw for 187 yards.
Westview ran for 274 yards, led by Shadowen, who gained 193 yards on 25 carries. Westview quarterback Nate Kitteringham ran for 74 yards and a score threw for 79 yards and a TD.