Week 1: West Hills Wolf Pack 34, Southwest (El Centro) Eagles 14

The West Hills Wolf Pack began their season with a dominating performance at home against the Eagles of Southwest El Centro, winning 34-14.

West Hills (1-0) was led by seniors Steven Cristini and Jake Maheu.

Defensively, the Wolf Pack were impressive, pitching a shut out until halfway through the fourth quarter.

Maheu, a running back and linebacker, showed why he is the leader of this West Hills squad. He scored two rushing touchdowns and was all over the field on defense.

Cristini credited the defense and the crowd support as keys to the victory.

Southwest (0-1), despite having the size advantage, could not figure out the West Hills’ defense. They struggled the entire game in passing and rushing.

Southwest (El Centro) head coach John Haines, in his first year leading the program, saw some positives from his team.

Quarterback Benji Alvarez was able to move the ball down the field late in the game and the running game found a rhythm.

Next week, the Wolf Pack will try to continue to defend home field when they take on Valhalla.

Southwest (El Centro) will have its home opener against Cibola, of Arizona.

Make sure to check out the PPR on KUSI.com throughout the week for previews on these games as well as previews to all the games around the county.


PREVIEW

The West Hills Wolf Pack will open the 2019 season at home against the visiting Southwest (El Centro) Eagles Friday night.

Both teams will be motivated after disappointing endings last season.

Southwest (El Centro) missed the playoffs after finishing 4-6.

West Hills was shut out by Monte Vista in the season finale to lose out on a league title before getting shut out in the first round of the playoffs.

This will be a rematch of the 2018 opener, where the Wolf Pack won on the road 20-3.

West Hills head coach Casey Ash will lead a Wolf Pack squad with a new quarterback behind center, losing Jordin Young to graduation.

The Wolf Pack, after an 8-2 regular season, will need their seniors Jake Maheu (RB/LB) and Steven Cristini (WR/DB/KR) to lead the way if they hope to capture a league title.

Maheu is a bruiser on both sides of the ball. Expect him to play a major role on offense and defense throughout the entire season. Cristini can do a little bit of everything, so expect him to surpass the 500 all-purpose yards he had last season.

Southwest (El Centro) is two years removed from a CIF championship and being a state division runner-up.

Southwest (El Centro) will be led by first-year head coach John Haines.

The Eagles had their best seasons in school history under the previous regime.

Haines will lead a team full of juniors and seniors that not only want to be the best in Imperial County but compete for another CIF title.

Kick-off is at 7 p.m.

For highlights of this game and others around the county, be sure to tune into Season XXI of the Prep Pigskin Report this Friday at 11 p.m.

Also, prior to the PPR, be sure to tune in every Friday night at 10:45 p.m on KUSI for 1st and 15.

This week’s Dine-N-Dash will feature the West Hills Wolf Pack at Oggi’s Pizza in Santee.

The second Dine-N-Dash stop will be at Red Robin in National City with the San Ysidro Cougars.

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