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Prep football: After being shut out in Week 0, West Ranch responds with 28-7 win

Posted: August 31, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: August 31, 2012 2:00 a.m.

West Ranch running back Zahr Lyttle (22) plows through Burbank safety Kalani Williams on Thursday night at Memorial Stadium in Burbank.

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By Michael Grandinetti

For The Signal



BURBANK — Gerrit Mouw connected on a fade pass with wide receiver Rawston Redick for a 20-yard touchdown with 1:17 left in the third quarter en route to a 28-7 victory over Burbank on Thursday at Memorial Stadium at Burroughs High.

“I saw we had press coverage outside, and the safety was inside,” Mouw said. “I looked over at Rawston and saw that look in his eye. We knew the fade was going to work there.”

The touchdown gave West Ranch a 21-7 lead just before the final quarter of play.

Mouw started the game hot as he completed his first seven passes, and led two, first-half scoring drives, each capped off by one-yard touchdown runs by Jose Bermudez.

Mouw finished the game 20-for-23, for 180 yards and one touchdown.

Redick was Mouw’s primary target throughout the night as he finished with nine catches for 74 yards and a score.

“We asked (Mouw) to hang in the pocket, and he did that tonight,” said West Ranch head coach Sean O’Brien. “I saw toughness both physically and mentally from our quarterback.”

Also showing toughness on the field were running backs Mark Collins and Zahr Lyttle, who both struggled to find running room the previous week against Moorpark.

Collins finished with 65 yards on 10 carries, while Lyttle went for 64 yards on 11 carries, including a 39-yard scamper with 1:43 in the fourth quarter to make the score 28-7, and put the game well out of reach.

“I saw some tough, tough runs by our backs. They know how many yards they need to get on each given down,” O’Brien said.

Burbank (1-1) also ran the ball well and gave West Ranch (1-1) a tough first half.

The Bulldogs tied the game 7-7 with 3:30 in the first quarter on an 11-yard touchdown run by Joseph Pendelton, but were unable to match the Wildcats’ scoring output the rest of the game.

Pendelton finished with 54 yards on a game-high 15 carries.

“The difference in the game was a lack of execution,” said Burbank head coach Hector Valencia. “We missed too many opportunities against a quality opponent.”

Burbank will look to avenge the loss as it travels to Inglewood on Sept. 14.

As for West Ranch, it will be in action again on Sept. 7 as it take on Eastside at Valencia High.

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