It was homecoming at Westview and the Black Hole was electric! The Vista Panthers and Westview Wolverines have never faced each other before and tonight there was a lot on the line for these two Palomar League rivals.
Westview is riding a seven-game losing streak and looking to right the ship before heading into their season finale next week. Vista is looking to bounce back after a tough losses to Rancho Bernardo and Poway.
After an early 42-yard field goal by the Panthers goes wide left… The game doesn’t get started until the second quarter when the Panthers miss a 42-yard field goal. Two possessions later Westview would drive the ball to Vista’s 9-yard line but would stall and the Wolverines turned the ball over on downs.
Vista starting their next drive from their own 7-yard line and Josh Davies drops back to pass but the Wolverines Emeka Anyanwu comes up with the pick giving Westview amazing field position. On the next play from scrimmage… Beau Nelson would keep it himself for the 13-yard score giving the Wolverines the early lead.
Fast-forward to the fourth quarter and the Wolverines with the ball, Beau Nelson finds C.J. Franklin for the beautiful one handed grab and a 20-yard gain. One play later A.J. Leonard would rumble for a 25-yard gain giving Westview first and goal inside the eight. After a false start penalty takes the Wolverines back to the 13-yard line… Beau Nelson airs it out Emeka Anyanwu for the score increasing Westview’s lead to 14.
With time running down in the fourth, Vista tries to mount a comeback as Josh Davies sends one deep to Antonio Davis who pulls it in with a beautiful one-handed grab, but the Panthers drive would stall and they would turn it over on downs. However, Vista would get one more chance to put some points on the board, but Josh Davies would overthrow his receiver and right into the waiting arms of Westview’s Emeka Anyanwu which would seal the deal for the Wolverines.
Westview will be looking to take this week’s momentum as they host crosstown rival, the Mt. Carmel Sundevils next Friday night. Vista will be looking to rebound as they close out their season with a non-league contest against the Carlsbad Lancers.
PREVIEW: This Friday night will close out league play for two Palomar League rivals that have never faced-off against each other before as the Westview Wolverines play host to the Vista Panthers.
It is a reversal of fortunes for Westview after posting an impressive 7-3 record last season, which secured them a spot in Division II playoffs. The Wolverines are struggling to find their stride under first-year head coach Kyle Williams. Westview has lost seven-straight games since beating Coach Williams’s former Fallbrook Warriors squad.
Westview lost another tough game last week to Palomar League co-leader Rancho Bernardo 41-21. The Wolverines do have experience on offense with junior Quarterback Beau Nelson and senior Running Back AJ Leonard. Look for the Wolverines to try and jump to an early lead over the Panthers.
Vista will be looking to rebound after a rough 21-7 loss to Palomar League co-leader Poway last week. The Panthers are still trying to feel out their surroundings as they spend their first season in the Palomar League having moved from the Avocado East League during the off-season.
The Panthers are still adjusting to first-year coach Dave Bottom and a win over Westview would give Vista the same finishing record as last year at (4-6).
Be sure to tune-in and catch all of the highlights during the 90-minute extravaganza that is the Prep Pigskin Report, Friday night at 10:30pm.