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Wildcats pitch a shutout

West Ranch defense smothers Golden Valley

Posted: October 25, 2013 10:59 p.m.
Updated: October 25, 2013 10:59 p.m.

West Ranch's Max Mazur (88), left, pulls in catch on the sidelines for a first down against Golden Valley's Nash Soliman (14) at Canyon High on Friday.

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A giant weight has been lifted off the back of West Ranch head football head coach Jan Miller.

Behind a complete team effort, the Wildcats defeated the Golden Valley Grizzlies 31-0 Friday at Harry Welch Stadium to give Miller his first career varsity Foothill League win.

“To be honest, it’s a big weight off my shoulders,” Miller said joyously after the game. “I lost a lot of sleep this week.”

Miller should be able to sleep much better after watching his team regain its winning form following two straight losses.

The West Ranch defense forced three turnovers and held the Grizzlies (2-5 overall, 0-3 Foothill League) to only 167 yards of total offense.

“The defensive side did really well. We knew they had a lot of speed, even though they lost (Terry) Tamura,” Miller said. “But they were still fast. We were concerned, but we know we have a fast defense.”

Tamura, Golden Valley’s starting running back and primary offensive weapon, sat with a broken collarbone injury.

He suffered the injury on his first carry of the game last week against Hart, and will miss the remainder of the season.

As for Friday, the Grizzlies’ first turnover came on the opening play from scrimmage on a botched pitch.

Nathan Bultman recovered the fumble for West Ranch (5-3, 1-2), which gave them great starting field position at the Golden Valley 17-yard line.

Two plays later, running back Christian Parrish capitalized on the miscue as he bounced an inside handoff to the right for an 11-yard touchdown.

Following a missed two-point conversion, the Wildcats led 6-0 after 41 seconds of play.

“Our defense played great, but it’s hard to play on the short field. And they played in the short field because of some mistakes we made in the first quarter,” said Golden Valley head coach Robert Fisher.

West Ranch extended the lead on its next possession as quarterback Chase Killingsworth hooked up with receiver Brendan Moskal on fourth-and-17 for a 26-yard passing score.

With the two-point conversion, West Ranch led 14-0 with 3:12 to play in the opening period.

Killingsworth opened up the second half by throwing a 30-yard touchdown to receiver J.K. Torres to push the lead to 21-0.

The junior signal caller finished 9-for-14 for 183 yards.

Torres had three grabs for 83 yards, while Moskal finished with 51 receiving yards on three catches as well.

Parrish, who had 47 yards rushing after the first quarter, was held in check for the remainder of the night as he finished with 59 yards on 19 carries.

Jared Monroe and Jeremy Berry each added an interception for the West Ranch defense.

Monroe’s pick led to a 1-yard rushing touchdown by Jose Bermudez on the opening play of the fourth quarter, which set the final score.

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