Sultans, Wolf Pack go to 2-0 in Grossmont Valley League play

Photo by Scott Hopkins Collin Dill leads the West Hills offense down the field.

The Santana Sultans, West Hills Wolf Pack and El Capitan Vaqueros all remain undefeated in Grossmont Valley League play entering this weekend’s slate of games.

The Sultans and Wolf Pack both won games on the field last Friday while the Vaqueros had a bye. West Hills and Santana are both 2-0 in league play while El Capitan is 1-0 in league play.

The Wolf Pack defeated the visiting Valhalla Norsemen, 42-14, while the Sultans scored a 35- 24 come-from-behind win at Mt. Miguel.

West Hills, which improved to 4-2 overall, received 195 yards in total offense from junior quarterback Collin Dill (177 yards passing, 18 yards rushing). Dill scored three touchdowns to lead the hosts while also throwing for a pair of scores.

The Wolf Pack kept Valhalla (0-2 in league, 0-6 overall) winless on the season by scoring seven touchdowns in the game.

Junior Diego Calderon amassed 98 yards in total offense (65 yards receiving, 33 yard rushing) with one receiving touchdown while sophomore Malachi Warthen (two catches, 45 yards) also had a receiving touchdown.

Junior Nate Stevens (three carries, 11 yards) and senior Vince Keller (one carry, 10 yards) both scored rushing touchdowns. Stevens returned an intercepted pass 59 yards while senior Cameron Quigley and Kaiden Chambers also intercepted passes for West Hills. Senior Jack Tracy had one sack while junior Trystan Aiu and sophomore Caleb Van Hoy shared one sack.

Junior Dominic Silva rushed 18 times for 141 yards and caught three passes for 43 to lead th Norsemen offensively. He scored one rushing touchdown and one receiving touchdown in the game.

West Hills has a bye this week and resumes league play with a home game against El Cajon Valley on Oct. 7. Valhalla plays at El Cajon Valley this Friday in search of its first win of the season.

Meanwhile, Santana hosts El Capitan in an early clash of league unbeatens this Friday. Santana won for the second time in as many games after opening the season with four consecutive losses. The Sultans trailed the host Matadors, 17-7, at halftime and 24-23 entering the final quarter before ending the game with 28 points, including two fourth-quarter touchdowns.

Senior Nick Leger scored three touchdowns in the game — two rushing and one receiving — while junior Isaiah Lloyd led the visitors defensively with two sacks.

The loss was the fourth consecutive for the Matadors, who play at crosstown rival Monte Vista (0-1 in league, 1-4 overall) this Friday.

Mt. Miguel junior Jeremiah Castillo continued a standout season with touchdown receptions of 23 and 69 yards from junior quarterback Matthew Barton, who also scored on a rushing touchdown.

El Capitan hosts Mt. Miguel on Oct. 7.

“We have played some pretty tough games and the younger players are getting their pre-league experience in and are starting to play much better and with more confidence,” El Capitan coach Ron Burner said. “In both of our losses we played much better than the final scores. Looking forward to getting league going. To have a successful rest of our season we need to stay healthy and continue to get better and improve each week.”

Ditto for all the teams.

Home of the Braves

Monte Vista dropped a 37-8 matchup at El Cajon Valley (1-1, 2-4) in its league opener last Friday.

Junior quarterback Darick Dubose connected with junior Paris Dixon (two catches, 60 yards) on a pair of first-half touchdown passes, then rushed for a 65-yard score in the second half to lead the Braves to their first league win.

It was the largest margin of victory — 28 points — for an El Cajon Valley team since 1997.

Dubose led El Cajon Valley with 131 total offensive yards in the game, including 72 passing yards. Senior Kal-el Gordon led the Braves on the ground with four carries for 73 yards and one touchdown. Among Gordon’s jaunts was a 50- yard run from the line of scrimmage.

Senior Daelin Richardson (12 carries, 52 yards) got things rolling very early with a rushing touchdown. Dixon also led the team defensively with 12 tackles while Dubose recorded two tackles for a loss.

Overall, the ECV defense recorded 10 tackles for a loss in the game.

Junior Chris Cosio had one interception while three Braves — juniors Joseph Johnson IV, Robert Gakuru and Savio Qato – had fumble recoveries. Cosio also scored on a two-point conversion. Junior Adrian Gonzalez hit Jason Triplett on a scoring pass for the Monarchs’ lone touchdown.