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Foothill football: West Ranch leaves little doubt

Wildcats pull away from Golden Valley late to snap a five-game losing streak

Posted: October 20, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: October 20, 2012 1:55 a.m.

West Ranch running back Mark Collins (23) weaves through Golden Valley defenders Friday night at Valencia High School.

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West Ranch football defeated Golden Valley 35-13 Friday night at Valencia High School, ending the Wildcats’ five-game losing streak and extending the Grizzlies’ Foothill League losing streak to 32 games.

The Wildcats took a 7-0 lead with 3:51 remaining in the first quarter when running back Mark Collins took the ball in for a 12-yard touchdown.

The lead did not last long for the Wildcats.

On their next possession, the Grizzlies marched down the field on the legs of running back Leon Jacobs to the West Ranch 26 yard line. Facing a fourth-and-9, Golden Valley drew the Wildcats offside to make it a manageable fourth-and-4. On the next play, Grizzlies quarterback Robert Phillips found a wide open Aaron Kinard in the corner of the end zone for a 21-yard touchdown to tie the score at 7 with 11:43 left in the second quarter.

West Ranch answered back with a 10-play, 65-yard drive that resulted in a 1-yard run by fullback Garrett Green.

But the Wildcat offense was not quite done. West Ranch took over with 48 seconds left in the half. Quarterback Gerrit Mouw connected with Kyle Rooney for a 59-yard pass that set up a 3-yard rushing touchdown by Collins to make it 21-7 into the half.

“We were already motivated with this rivalry,” said West Ranch head coach Sean O’Brien. “But that touchdown confirmed we can do this.”

In the second half, West Ranch got some insurance points from Collins and Green. Collins finished the game with three rushing touchdowns and Green added two.

With 23 seconds left in the game, the Grizzles’ backup quarterback Chase Lewis added six more points to the Golden Valley final total on 1-yard keeper.

“We just need to limit the mistakes,” said Grizzlies head coach Robert Fisher, who lost his starting running back Leon Jacobs in the second quarter (hip). “The mistakes hurt us.”

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