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W.R. starts 2-0 with win over small-school power

Posted: September 6, 2013 11:36 p.m.
Updated: September 6, 2013 11:36 p.m.

West Ranch's Trevor Aleshire forces a fumble by Sierra Canyon's Eric Markes at Valencia High School on Friday night.

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For the first time in his career, West Ranch varsity football head coach Jan Miller was tested.

After cruising to a victory against Hawthorne in week one, Miller found himself in a dogfight midway through the game against the Sierra Canyon Trailblazers Friday at Dr. Paul A. Priesz Stadium at Valencia High.

But behind Christian Parrish’s 250-yard rushing performance and big plays in the second half, Miller and the Wildcats answered the call as they came back to beat Sierra Canyon 28-10.

“We have a really strong conditioning program, and we knew it was going to come down to conditioning in the second half,” Miler said.

In Miller’s varsity head coaching debut last week, West Ranch (2-0) defeated Hawthorne 56-0, but this week’s challenge required much more effort.

After falling behind 10-7 midway through the second quarter, the Wildcats responded with 21 unanswered points to pull away through the remainder of the game.

West Ranch quarterback Chase Killingsworth hit Gage Tynan for a 7-yard touchdown to reclaim the lead 14-10 with 3:47 to play in the first half.

Killingsworth finished the game 12-of-20 for 194 yards, two touchdowns, one interception, and one touchdown on the ground, while Tynan finished with six catches for 140 yards.

After regaining the lead, West Ranch continued to gain momentum as they opened up the second half by recovering an onside kick.

Felipe Montazeri recovered the pooch off the foot of Dale Pearson, which gave the Wildcats great starting field position at the Sierra Canyon (0-2) 25-yardline.

“We saw on film that if their deep guys don’t go and get it, the second level guys wouldn’t go get it,” Miller said. “We wanted to keep kicking it short, and it happened to work out for us.”

The decision worked to perfection as two plays later, Parrish carried the ball into the end-zone from nine yards out to extend the lead to 21-10.

Parrish finished with 259 yards rushing on 14 carries and one touchdown.

He showed the ability to gain yards in bunches as he recorded four rushes of at least 23-yards.

“That kid is just incredible,” Miller said. “It’s his second game in a row with over 100 yards. He’s just really fun to watch.”

West Ranch will be in action again next Thursday at Knight of Palmdale.

 

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