Wolf Pack howling after 6-0 start

Photo by Jon Bigornia Dylan Snyder scored twice in last Friday’s win for the Wolf Pack.

The West Hills High School football team appears to have a date with destiny during the 2021 fall season after the Wolf Pack improved its record to 6-0 following last Friday’s 49-0 Grossmont Valley League victory at Valhalla High School.

The team’s latest win leaves it with a 2-0 record in league play and alone in first place in the league standings.

West Hills is chasing the 9-0 start posted by the 1995 team that included current head coach Casey Ash.

Ash has to be pleased with this year’s start.

The Wolf Pack did most of its damage with the ground game by rolling up 389 rushing yards against the Norsemen (1-5 overall, 0-2 in league).

West Hills settled for just 28 passing yards in racking up 417 total offensive yards in the win.

The visitors built a 35-0 halftime lead; the game ended with a running clock in the second half.

Sophomore Diego Calderon (10 carries, 72 yards) keyed the Wolf Pack with three rushing touchdowns while senior Dylan Snyder (three carries, 62 yards) tacked on two rushing scores.

Senior Nathaniel Greene led all rushers with 100 yards on four carries while scoring one touchdown on a 68-yard rush.

Snyder opened scoring on a 14-yard run, followed by a one-yard TD run by Calderon after the visitors had recovered a blocked punt. Green scored on his breakaway run to increase the lead to 21-0.

Calderon and Snyder both scored their second touchdowns of the game in the second quarter on runs of three and 11 yards, respectively.

Calderon scored his third touchdown of the game on an 11-yard run to start the second half.

Sophomore quarterback Collin Dill (six carries, 35 yards) scored on a one-yard run to round out the team’s seven touchdown showing.

Starting quarterback Braden Oberg completed three of seven passing attempts while rushing five times for 48 yards. Oberg has thrown for 638 yards and 10 touchdowns without an interception in six games. He’s also rushed for 340 yards and scored five rushing touchdowns.

West Hills, ranked sixth among Division III teams, has a well-earned bye this week, then returns to league play with consecutive road games at El Cajon Valley on Oct. 8 and Monte Vista on Oct. 15.

Grossmont Valley League teams are scheduled to play six league games this season, though Santana and Mount Miguel had their game last Friday postponed because of health concerns.

Santana (1-0 in league, 5-0 overall) is scheduled to play at El Capitan (1-0 in league, 4-1 overall) this Friday while Mount Miguel (0-1 in league, 1-2 overall) is scheduled to host Monte Vista (0-1 in league, 0-5 overall).