2021 EAST COUNTY PREP FOOTBALL
WEST HILLS 55, KEARNY 0
EastCountySports.com staff report
SANTEE — The West Hills Wolf Pack didn’t need a fancy inflatable tunnel to intimidate the Kearny Komets on Friday night.
But the Pack dominated shortly after running out of the new large canine’s jaws in the pregame, registering a 55-0 pasting of the visitors, who haven’t won since Nov. 1, 2019 (six games).
West Hills had a scoop-and-score touchdown on the first play from scrimmage and the second half was played with a running clock as the Pack showed exactly what it is capable of this season as a veteran team that is hungry for a championship and not just trophies.
The Wolf Pack quarterbacks accounted for five touchdowns as senior Braden Oberg threw for three scores (on just five attempts) and sophomore Collin Dill rushed for two TDs in the second half.
Senior Max Conaway caught two passes – both for touchdowns – of 29 and 19 yards as Oberg tossed for a modest 87 yards but also rushed for 78 yards on four carries.
“We knew going into the game that they had two big receivers that they like to take advantage with, so we came out ready to press them off the line and double cover them the whole game and ultimately shut down their offense,” Conaway said.
West Hills enior Dylan Snyder rushed for a touchdown and caught a pass for a touchdown in the first half.
West Hills senior Dylan Freund ripped the ball out of a Komet carrier on the night’s first play and Cohen Benavente sent the large crowd into a bit of a frenzy with the 26-yard return for the score.
In the second quarter, West Hills scored on a blocked punt by senior Yad Galaly, as junior Frederick Rowbotham picked up the ball on a bounce and returned it 23 yards for the score.
Sophomore Alex Grubb had an interception for West Hills.
Conaway also registered a sack on defense.
“I feel the scrimmages with Grossmont, San Pasqual, and Carlsbad, in which we held our own against, has prepared us for the start of the season,” West Hills head coach Casey Ash said. “We played a great game. My hats of to Coach London Fletcher for having his defense hold Kearny to under 100 total yards.”
The shutout is the second-largest by margin in school history. The West Hills record came in a 1995 home game against Montgomery, 64-0.
WOLF PACK 55, KOMETS 0
S.W. Kearny (0-1).. 0 0 0 0 -- 0
West Hills (1-0)... 12 30 7 6 -- 55
WH – Benavente 25 fumble return (kick failed)
WH – Conaway 29 pass from Oberg (Hermiz kick)
WH – Conaway 19 pass from Oberg (Hermiz kick)
WH -D ill 15 run (Hermiz kick)
WH -Dill run (Hermiz kick)
WH -Snyder run (Hermiz kick)
WH – Rowbothan 21 blocked punt return (Haley kick)
WH – Calderon 22 pass from Dill (Haley kick)
West Hills: Obery 4-78-0, Dill 6-30-2, Snyder 2-23-1, Caldron 2-13-0, Rowbotham 2-10-0, Greene 3-10-0, Reyes 1-(minus 7)-0. Total 20-157-3.
West Hills: Oberg 4-5-0-62-3, Dill 1-2-0-22-0. Total 5-7-0-84-3.
West Hills: Conaway 2-28-2, Snyder 2-34-1, Calderon 1-22-0. Total 5-84-3.