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West Hills blows lead, rallies to win

09/09/2016, 11:25pm PDT
By Jim Lindgren

Running backs provide spark in victory over Mission Bay

West Hills coach Casey Ash saw his team rally from behind.

— When West Hills quarterback Hayden Roach isn’t calling his own number, most of the handoffs and pitches go to Griffin Guinn and Jovan Bea.

Every once in a while, Austin Dill gets the call.

On just his second carry of the game — the first went for no gain — Dill took a pitch left midway through the fourth quarter and scampered 29 yards for the winning score as West Hills defeated Mission Bay 21-14 Friday night on the blue turf at West Hills.

“He took advantage of that one, that’s for sure,” West Hills coach Casey Ash said.

Dill, at 5-feet-9 and 150 pounds, is similar in size to Bea, who rushed for 71 yards on 13 carries, including a 10-yard touchdown run. Guinn — a beast at 6-1, 282 — gained 63 yards on 14 carries.

Dill’s winning score was set up by a blocked punt by Caden Kulas that gave the Wolf Pack (2-1) the ball at the Buccaneers’ 38-yard line.

Mission Bay (1-2) had rallied from a 7-0 halftime deficit, taking advantage of a pair of fumble recoveries to go up 14-7 late in the third quarter. Schyler Ceniceros recovered the first one that led to an 8-yard TD run by Kenyon Sims, who finished with 137 yards on 24 carries.

After a 24-yard gain by Roach, Mission Bay’s Eric Purma pounced on a fumble that eventually led to a 19-yard scoring pass from Jaiden Correa to Marcus Nickerson.

West Hills made it 14-14 early in the fourth quarter when Roach found Tyler Wilson on a 17-yard scoring pass.

West Hills scored on its first possession, driving 59 yards in seven plays with Bea tallying on a 10-yard pitch right for a 7-0 lead.

But that was all the scoring in the first half as the defenses dictated play. Mission Bay’s best opportunity came late in the half, but a 12-play drive stalled at the 23-yard line with three straight incompletions, including a pass defense in the end zone by the Wolf Pack’s Ricky Wilson.

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