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West Ranch football opens with a bang

Wildcats shut out Hawthorne in new coach’s debut

Posted: August 30, 2013 11:43 p.m.
Updated: August 30, 2013 11:43 p.m.

West Ranch wide receiver Brendan Moskal, right, makes the catch for a touchdown against Hawthorne on Friday at Valencia High School.

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A lot has been made of first-year head coach Jan Miller and the culture change at West Ranch and, at least for the moment, the Miller era seems to be off to a fast start.

“It’s fun to get the first game under my belt, and I’m glad that it was a win,” Miller said.

However, the Wildcats may have to wait another week before they get their first real test.

West Ranch simply overpowered the visiting Hawthorne Cougars, cruising to a 56-0 victory Friday night at Valencia High School.

The Cougars had no answer for the quick-hitting West Ranch offense, as the Wildcats tallied more than 500 yards of total offense.

The West Ranch offense was led by junior quarterback Chase Killingsworth, who was successful running a revamped spread passing attack. Killingsworth finished the game nine-of-15 with 210 yards and three touchdowns.

On the ground, eight different runners carried the ball for West Ranch. Christian Parrish led the way with 100 yards on nine carries and a touchdown. Julian Berry also had a solid performance, rushing for 66 yards and a touchdown on eight carries. Second-string running back Tyler Mouw went down with an apparent knee injury in the third quarter.

On defense, the Wildcats forced three turnovers, including an interception by Chad Luepke.

West Ranch did have a share of self-inflicted wounds, suffering 11 penalties for 89 yards.

The Wildcats are back in action Friday at 7 p.m. with a home matchup against Sierra Canyon of Chatsworth.


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