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West Hills kicker shows versatility

11/01/2013, 11:35pm PDT
By Jim Lindgren, Special to the U-T

Daniel McManus catches two TD passes, kicks two field goals for Wolf Pack.

— Quite possibly the finest kicker in the San Diego Section this season, Daniel McManus proved that he’s a pretty fair wide receiver as well.

Nabbing two touchdown passes and booting a pair of field goals, McManus accounted for 22 points to lead West Hills to a 36-13 win over Granite Hills in a key Grossmont Hills League game Friday night on homecoming at West Hills.

McManus now has 13 field goals this season, tied for fourth in section history. John Cortney of St. Augustine holds the record with 16 in 1997.

“Obviously, I enjoy the touchdowns more,” McManus said. “But field goals are good, too. Whatever helps the team win.”

West Hills (7-2, 3-1) greatly enhanced its position in the Division II playoffs, while Granite Hills (4-5, 1-3) slipped a notch in Division III.

West Hills quarterback Stephen Schindler, a senior transfer from Granite Hills, was 9-of-16 for 201 yards and three TDs, and Noah Ylagan rushed 17 times for 91 yards as the Wolf Pack amassed 309 yards.

McManus accounted for all 17 points as West Hills built a 17-6 halftime lead.

He kicked a 32-yard field in the first quarter, then caught a 5-yard TD pass from Schindler to make it 10-0.

Granite Hills then took advantage of two 15-yard penalties against the Pack and scored on a 7-yard run by Seth Collins.

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