Wolf Pack, Sultans, Vaqs win in Division III football playoffs

Savigon Yokley

The West Hills, Santana and El Capitan high school football teams are a combined 28-4 heading into Friday’s quarterfinal round of the San Diego Section playoffs.

West Hills, which keeps setting schools records this season, is 11-0 while El Capitan is 9-2 and Santana is 8-2.

All three Grossmont Valley League teams emerged with victories in last Friday’s opening round of postseason play.

Fifth-seeded West Hills eliminated 12th-seeded Bonita Vista, 41-28, while both seventh-seeded El Capitan (41-34 over 10th-seeded Orange Glen) and eighth-seeded Santana (24-21 over ninth-seeded Imperial) claimed exciting overtime victories.

Santana prevailed in triple overtime to pump up the adrenaline level.

The Wolf Pack remained undefeated on the season by scoring three rushing touchdowns and three passing touchdowns. Senior quarterback Braden Oberg passed for 167 yards and two scores while sophomore Collin Dill passed for one touchdown.

Senior Max Conaway caught eight aerials for 139 yards and two touchdowns while senior Dylan Snyder had two catches for 12 yards and one TD.

Sophomore Diego Calderon rushed nine times for 44 yards and scored two rushing touchdowns while Dill rushed 12 times for 106 yards and scored once via the run.

West Hills, which led 21-7 at halftime, accumulated 540 all-purpose yards — 337 rushing yards, 172 passing yards and 31 yards on kick-returns.

Senior Dylan Freund registered on sack on defense for the Wolf Pack, which allowed 382 offensive yards and four touchdowns to the visiting Barons (4-6) in an offensive shootout.

West Hills advances to play at No. 4 Ramona (7-3) in Friday’s quarterfinals.

El Capitan will play at second-seeded Mater Dei Catholic (8-0) while Santana will play at top-seeded Mt. Carmel (9-1).

Winners advance to the semifinals on Nov. 19.

Senior Savigon Yokley scored on a 10-yard run in overtime after rallying the Vaqueros with a spirited performance in the fourth quarter to tie the visiting Patriots (5-5) on a six-yard pass to sophomore Julian May.

Yokley finished the game with a receiving touchdown, passing touchdown, two-point conversion, interception and two rushing touchdowns.

Santana’s OT win was equally intrepid, though it came on a 28-yard field goal by junior Jackson Scott after the teams had combined to miss five field goal attempts.

It was Jackson’s second game-winning field goal of the season.

Senior Logan Jorden opened scoring for the Sultans on a 55-yard interception return while sophomore Alex Rico later passed 14 yards to senior Dylan Anderson for a touchdown and a 14-0 lead. But it was junior Luke Nash’s one-yard TD run that tied the game, 21-21, to send it to overtime.

Junior Landon Bailey keyed Santana with 12 tackles and a sack. Jorden had five tackles and two sacks along with his interception return. senior Jason Gonzalez had six tackles and sophomore Isaiah Lloyd had four tackles and one sack.

“Mt Carmel is the No. 1 seed in our division and they are very good,” Santana coach Tim Estes said. “Their record is 9-1 and they are very well-coached.”