The Jack E. Dale Cup will stay in the West Hills trophy case for the sixth straight year, after the Wolf Pack rolled to a 34-7 win over Santana in the El Cajon Ford East County Game of the Week.
After being stymied by Southwest in Week 1, junior quarterback Jordin Young found much more success against the Sultans. He put the Pack on the board with a touchdown pass to Reese Wiltgen in the first quarter, then kept one himself for a 14-yard score in the second. Cade Weaver also added a pair of field goals to give West Hills a 20-0 lead at the break.
One sequence in the third quarter showed the control that the host Wolf Pack enjoyed in all three phases. On a Santana third down, Austin Denison sacked Josh Oedewaldt to force a punt -- which Ryan Jewell returned all the way to the Sultan 25 yard line. Young wasted no time, finding Weaver on the very next play for a touchdown pass. Weaver then sent the extra point through the sticks to put it out of reach at 27-0.
Austin Dill added a 35-yard score for West Hills, and Santana's Ryan Jaggard hit Colton Snipes for a 63-yarder to make the final score 34-7.
With the win, the Wolf Pack push their lead in the all-time series to 21-7. Next week, they travel to Mission Bay, while Santana hosts their home opener against Christian.
PREVIEW: The Jack E. Dale Cup is on the line Friday night, as Santana makes the short drive down Mast Boulevard to West Hills in the El Cajon Ford East County Game of the Week.
For the past five years, the trophy has remained on the west side of Santee. The Wolf Pack have won 12 of the last 14 Cup battles, and lead the all-time series 20 to 7, including a 31-20 win on the east side of town in 2016.
But the Sultans have started 2017 on the better foot, rolling to a 56-19 win at Castle Park. Senior quarterback Josh Oedewaldt returned to his lead role, throwing for 283 yards and 3 touchdowns. Junior running back Ian Litten had a respectable debut stepping in for the graduated Bobby Wallace, turning 13 carries into 74 yards and a pair of scores. Davon Chestnut found the endzone twice as well, part of a 9-catch, 133-yard performance.
The Wolf Pack felt some growing pains in their 36-17 loss to Southwest (El Centro), with junior quarterback Jordin Young taking his first turn under center for the varsity squad. While he found Ryan Jewell and Reese Wiltgen for scores, the Pack will need to generate more sustained production from the offense.
We will have live pregame coverage on KUSI News between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. During the game, follow all the action on Twitter and Instagram, at @kusippr and @redjacketarmy. And of course, you can see all the highlights on the Prep Pigskin Report at 10:30 p.m., only on KUSI.