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NEW LOOK PACK POISED TO CONTINUE TRADITION

2017 EAST COUNTY PREP FOOTBALL PREVIEW

By Adam Paul

Staff Writer

 

If there is one thing to say about the 2017 West Hills Wolf Pack is that they are not a team to be overlooked on the schedule.

The reason being is because they add many members of their junior varsity squad that went toe-to-toe with Helix last season in a 14-14 tie to claim a Co-Championship and also finishing with a 9-0-1 overall record.  A big part of that success at the lower level was in part thanks to a stingy defense that only allowed 12.5 points a contest.

Will that success at the JV level translate to success at the varsity level? The experts aren’t predicting them to surpass the top teams at the next level, but with losing several key players from seniors from last year’s 5-6 (1-4 GHL) squad, the next batch of Wolf Pack will bring their successful experience and mix it in with the returners and look to continue the success previously tasted.

One of the players that will show the newcomers the attitude to win and one to learn from is senior defensive end/offensive tackle Jake Hallahan.  Hallahan who is 6-foot-3 and 225lbs was an honorable mention All-Grossmont Hills League pick last season as he did his work on the defensive side of the ball. This season though he will also play on the offensive side on the line.

Another standout who will be featured on both sides of the ball is Ryan Jewell as he will continue at wide receiver and at free safety. Last season the 6-foot-1, 165lber grabbed 22 catches along with 3 scores. He will also likely be asked to be on special teams this year returning kicks.

Joining the other two top returners is Austin Dill who last season caught 5 ball for 80 yards and a score and also rushed for 130 yards on 16 carries with 2 scores.

Ryan Clark who last season was on the o-line last season and really helped protect will also play this season on the defensive side at defensive tackle.

One of the big changes this year for the pack is at quarterback. Last year’s starter and veteran Hayden Roach transferred to Steele Canyon. So this year the Pack will rely on junior Jordin Young who last year as the starter on JV was the field general who helped the offense average a tad over 30 points a contest. If Young is to become the next great quarterback at West Hills in the tradition of Lon Sheriff, Tanner Engstrand, Jordan Adams, among others.

Joining Young from the JV team are linebacker Hunter Gauthier, Anthony Masters, wide out Brycen Williams, defensive end Daniel Johnson, Reese Wiltgen and Alex Leggate.

Looking at the non-schedule the Wolf Pack open up at home against on August 25th against Southwest El Centro a team they lost to last season in an opening night thriller. The second game of the season is one of the big ones that is circled on the calendar. On September 1st the Wolf Pack will host the Mayors Cup or City Championship against cross town rival Santana. Last season West Hills won for the 20th time in the series.

After playing two straight home games to open the season the Wolf Pack will take to the road for the final three of the non-league schedule. Those would be at Mission Bay, at Mount Miguel and at Serra before they get into Hills action.

One of the new things for West Hills will be the new blue surface for the field as it was redone this past year. Along with the new Smurf Turf as people call it the Pack will also don new jerseys as well.

West Hills definitely will be fighting for a spot in the Division 2 playoffs and if they can sneak away with any victories to improve their record they will set themselves up with a prime spot for the postseason.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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