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West Ranch football: 4-for-4

Wildcats remain unbeaten

Posted: September 24, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: September 24, 2011 1:55 a.m.

West Ranch wide receiver Matt Christensen (17) scores a touchdown on Friday at Valencia High ahead of Silverado defensive back Darrell White.

Toward the end of the first quarter, West Ranch’s offense seemed to be falling into a rhythm as it was driving to take the lead.

An hour and 46 minutes later after a lightning delay, the Wildcats had to re-find that rhythm.

Though it took until much later in the game, the Wildcats did, and they made just enough plays on both sides of the ball to hold off Silverado High of Victorville 28-25 on Friday night at Valencia High School.

With the score tied at 7-7 at the 3:08 mark in the opening frame, West Ranch (4-0) had driven the ball to the Silverado 38-yard line, when lightning strikes in the area forced the evacuation of the stadium along with the lengthy delay.

The drive ended up stalling and the Hawks (0-4) later took their first lead of the game at 13-7 off a 21-yard touchdown run by Darrell White.

That was late in the second quarter.

Momentum shifted back to West Ranch when defensive back Jake Stone picked off Silverado quarterback Rishon Perez to set up a West Ranch score.

Quarterback Gerrit Mouw floated it 29 yards down the right sideline to wide receiver Matt Christensen to give the Wildcats a 14-13 lead going into halftime.

Mouw finished 10-of-21 for 150 yards and the touchdown. He made multiple key passes in the second half to help West Ranch put away a pesky Hawks team.

Including a 43-yard pass to Christensen on the final play of the third quarter to set up a Jake Miura 1-yard punch-in two plays later.

Miura’s score set the final score, and West Ranch’s defense held off Silverado’s multiple-running back attack the rest of the way.

Christensen had four catches for 84 yards.

West Ranch running back Jeff Coprich also added a score in the third quarter from 24 yards out to help his 15-carry, 74-yard performance.

Coprich also scored on a 32-yard fumble recovery in the first quarter to give his team an early 7-0 lead.

Silverado used seven different running backs in the game and totaled 169 yards and two touchdowns.

White was the leading rusher for the Hawks, amassing 65 yards on 16 carries and two scores.


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