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West Ranch edges Oxnard with defense

Posted: September 27, 2013 11:28 p.m.
Updated: September 27, 2013 11:28 p.m.

OXNARD — Even after a bounce back victory, the bye week can’t come soon enough for the West Ranch Wildcats football team.

Following last week’s loss to Thousand Oaks, the Wildcats rebounded by defeating the Oxnard Yellowjackets 7-3 Friday at Oxnard.

Down 3-0 late in the third quarter, West Ranch quarterback Chase Killingsworth found running back Christian Parrish streaking down the middle of the Oxnard defense for a 43-yard touchdown.

Though it wasn’t decisive on the scoreboard, in West Ranch head coach Jan Miller’s eyes, a win is a win.

“We played a team that was prepared to play us and we have those games,” Miller said. “We win those type of games, and that’s fine. Now we get two weeks to heal.”

The Wildcats (4-1) were carried by their defense as it held Oxnard (0-4) to just 151 yards and 10 first downs in the game.

However, the West Ranch offense struggled as it tallied 201 yards, and only eight first downs.

Parrish, who entered the game as the Foothill’s leading rusher with 560 yards, was held in check for most of the night.

He finished with just 49 yards on 17 rush attempts.

“They had two linebackers who shadowed (Parrish) wherever he went. Which is smart, stop him and make us beat you through the air. But the thing is, we can beat you through the air,” Miller said.

Which is exactly what happened Friday.

Standing in shotgun, Killingsworth faked the handoff to Parrish, then found the senior running back in space for the game-winning score with 2:02 to play in the third quarter.

The touchdown pass was the lone bright spot on the night for the junior signal-caller. He finished 5-for-12 for 68 yards, but the touchdown pass extended his streak of at least one score through the air in each of his first five varsity starts.

Luckily for Killingsworth, he’s playing behind a defense that is giving up only 9.2 points per game through its first five contests.

“We’re definitely known for our defense,” Miller said. “It’s solid, it comes to play, and we’re a fast.”

The Wildcats will use this upcoming bye week to work out all of the kinks as they prepare to open Foothill League play on Oct. 11 against Hart.


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