West Hills Wolf Pack 38, El Cajon Valley Braves 13

      It was Senior Night at El Cajon Valley Friday night but the West Hills Wolf Pack must not have got the memo, because they ruined it with a 38-13 victory over the Braves.

     All season the El Cajon Valley Braves have followed their workhorse and second leading rusher in the county Nathan McCullough. For Nathan a “bad” game would be others best game of the season, but the Wolf Pack definitely limited his damage and found themselves with a W. McCullough finished with the Braves only two TD’s of the night and racked up 148-yards on 23 carries. Tyson Smith the Braves usual starting quarterback did not play in the first half which further limited the production of their run game as the Wolf Pack stacked the box to stop the run in its tracks.

     West Hills passing game was clicking all night long behind quarterback Spencer Moyer. Moyer took a first quarter quarterback keeper to the end zone for the early 7-0 lead. Later in the first half he connected with both Taj Broomfield and Mitchell Carlin through the air to balloon the Wolf Pack lead to 21-7. The Pack never looked back after that as they added a field goal and another two TD’s. West Hills put the game into the hands of running back Jovan Bea to ice the game via the ground game and the Pack got the victory they were seeking.

     Next Week El Cajon Valley (4-2) continues its Grossmont League Schedule welcoming Monte Vista (2-5), while West Hills takes it’s win streak home to face the (5-1) Granite Hills Eagles.

PREVIEW:

      Friday will mark almost exactly a year to the day the last time the West Hills Wolf Pack and El Cajon Valley Braves met on the gridiron. West Hills walked away happy that day as the 36-7 victors. This year is a very different year however as the Wolf Pack finished with 3 losses all season, yet come into the Week 7 match up at a 2-4 mark. While their counterparts the Braves, coming off a 4-9 campaign last year have already matched their win total standing at 4-1 this season. This week’s game will be a good measuring stick for the respective programs current standings.

     It has been a roller coaster season so far for the West Hills Wolf Pack. Their two wins on the season are sandwiched between back to back losses, so just when the Pack thought they had turned a corner they suffered their two worst losses. Spencer Moyer the Pack’s quarterback and the offense have fought to keep the team in games, scoring double digits in all but two of their losses. The dual threat quarterback who makes plays with both his arms and legs has racked up over 3 TD’s and 300 yards rushing. Not only has Moyer given it his all with his legs but has dropped back in the pocket as well boasting a 8:3 TD to interception ratio through the first 5 games. Along with his two favorite wide-outs Tyler Sepulveda and Taj Broomfield who combined for over 500 yards and 5 TD’s this season, the Wolf Pack offense will try to keep the game competitive as the defense (excluding Week 3 vs El Capitan) has failed to hold a team to under 35 points.

     El Cajon Valley is out to its best start in 10 years under first year head coach Parris Pissiona, and the Braves don’t plan on stopping any time soon. Barring a Week 2 loss to University City, the Braves could very well have come into this game undefeated. Against the Orange Glen Patriots last week the Braves did what they have done to every team all season, unleashed Nathan McCullough. McCullough has bullied his way into the discussion for a Silver Pigskin watch list contender. Last week versus the Patriots, McCullough added to his gaudy numbers with a 281-yard 4 TD performance to capture the 40-14 win. This season McCullough has piled up over 1,000-yards and 13, yes 13 rushing TD’s. If that doesn’t scream Silver Pigskin contention, I don’t know what does. Since their overtime win against Kearny the Braves have outscored their opponents 67-21, so its safe to say ECV is on a roll.

     It would be easy to claim the key match up is whether the Wolf Pack defense can slow Nathan McCullough and the Braves running game, but another battle is also intriguing. It will be on the other side of the ball, to see what type of pressure Faamama Lauifi and the Braves defense can put on the Wolf Pack. Can a balanced offensive game plan put the Braves on their heels and keep McCullough and Tyson Smith on the sideline, thus limiting their production? Tune in to KUSI at 10:30 P.M. Friday to find out, along with all the other highlights around San Diego County.

Categories: 2014 PPR Archive, 2015 PPR Features, 2015 PPR Features Part 2, Week 7: October 9, 2015