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Prep football: Local run ends in semis

Foothill League’s strong showing at passing tournament comes to an end at the hands of Westlake

Posted: June 19, 2010 10:20 p.m.
Updated: June 20, 2010 4:55 a.m.

Canyon High sophomore wide receiver, Drew Wolitarsky catches a pass between the Nordhoff coverage at the Under the Lights Passing Tournament on Saturday at Central Park.

 

The Foothill League posted an impressive show during the final day of the Under the Lights Passing Tournament on Saturday at Central Park.

That is until any of the teams ran into Westlake.

Westlake, the tournament's top seed and eventual champion, began with a 38-30 win over West Ranch, which sent the Wildcats to the consolation bracket. The Warriors then easily dispatched Hart 38-12 in the quarterfinals of the championship bracket and made a late run to hold off a game Canyon squad 46-30 in the semifinals.

"They're just a great team and we just don't match up well against them," said Hart head coach Mike Herrington of Westlake. "One of these days we'll be right there with them. We're fighting the battles, but that's what summer passing leagues are all about."

Canyon, which came into the semifinal with an unblemished 5-0 record, arguably played Westlake the toughest, exchanging scores with the Warriors until Westlake ended the game on a 16-0 run.

"We played really good ball," said Canyon head coach Chris Varner. "We have some young guys, so there's a little bit of a learning curve there, but Westlake is an outstanding team and we were right there with them. We just came a little bit short on a few plays."

Canyon advanced further than any other Foothill League team, but Varner wasn't interested in any message that might have sent.

"I don't really care," Varner said. "We're here for our guys. Everybody else can worry about themselves and we'll worry about ourselves."

Hart advanced to the quarterfinals of the championship bracket with a win over Saugus, but Herrington was not all that pleased with the team's performance against Westlake.

"We're playing teams well that are at our level, but when we play a team that is a little better than us, we're not rising to the occasion," Herrington said. "Hopefully they're going to learn to compete better. We're too much on a roller coaster right now and we just need to be consistent."

West Ranch advanced to the consolation bracket final, where it fell to Chaminade 30-18. The Wildcats went 3-4 in the tournament.

"Everywhere you turn at this tournament you have a league champ, a divisional champ or a nationally ranked team," said West Ranch head coach Sean O'Brien.

Saugus ended the tournament with two losses on Saturday, while Valencia and Golden Valley improved on winless Fridays with 2-1 records on day two.

Westlake defeated Long Beach Poly in the final, 28-14.

 

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