The Vikings of La Jolla High School fell short in their fight Friday, Sept. 18 against the Wolf Pack of West Hills High. The Vikings (1-3) played hard, played smart and played as a team. Their efforts were only cashed in short by the little things that gave the game away to West Hills. Plagued by injuries, penalties and missteps, the Vikings were unable to pull out the victory.
La Jolla received the ball first and in their own territory, but quarterback Casey Brown threw an incomplete to junior Jalen Nelson to convert for a first down.
The Wolf Pack were driving hard and driving fast against the Vikings before a pass from West Hills senior quarterback Spencer Moyer found the hands of Vikings linebacker Dane Hansen for an interception and giving the ball back to La Jolla. After a string of well put together plays, the Vikings were inching into Wolf pack territory but fumbled on the second drive causing the game’s second turnover.
West Hills quarterback Moyer handed off to Senior Taj Broomfield for 16 yards to set up a new set of downs. The next play, Moyer scrambled for 46 yards for a touchdown before being called back on a holding penalty. A couple of plays later, Moyer finds senior Tyler Sepulveda for 51 yards for the first score on a passing touchdown. After a penalty on extra point, West Hills elects to go for a two-point conversion and converts with a handoff from to junior Jovan Bea. On the following drive and on a third-and-short, the Wolf Pack defense jumps off sides giving the Vikings a new set of downs. After a quick series the Vikings have to punt the ball away and sets up the Wolf Pack for a new set of downs. On a fourth-and-short the Viking defense stops the Wolf Pack on their own 22 to give the Vikings the ball on offense. On the next series, Viking junior Joseph Duran runs for 9 yards for a third-and-one and quarterback Brown passes to Tanner Watson for the Vikings first down.
To start the second quarter, the Vikings dialed up a clever trick play on the Wolf Pack defense and on a Flea Flicker style call, Brown hands off to Duran, who throws to Trenton Fudge, for 35 yards and a Vikings first down in West Hills territory.
A play later, Duran runs the ball to the 1-yard line. The next play, Brown throws an interception to the Wolf pack defender Sepulveda but La Jolla is awarded a safety after Sepulveda reenters the end zone and is tackled by the Vikings defense. The score now 8-2 West Hills.
Wolf Pack quarterback Moyer finds sophomore Mitchell Severe on a screen to set up the Wolf Pack on the La Jolla 6-yard line. Two plays later, Moyer runs in for a West Hills touchdown. The score 15-2 after extra point. After a series on offense, Cole Dimich runs in for La Jolla to pull the score closer for the Vikings, 15-9. On offense the Wolf Pack answers with
senior Broomfield running 25 yards to set up in La Jolla territory. West Hills quarterback Moyer finds junior Dylan Hastings for the West Hills touchdown, putting the score 21-9. Before the half, West Hills scores again on a go ahead touchdown to put the score 28-9 going into the half.
To start off the second half, Viking Duran runs back a kick-off return for the score putting the game within reach. After a set of exciting series from both sides, West Hills’ Broomfield rushes 13 yards for a Wolf Pack touchdown. After the extra point, the score was West Hills 35, La Jolla 15.
The fourth quarter continued to be an exciting back and forth shootout until with five minutes left, La Jolla dials up a passing touchdown pulling the score 35-22 West Hills. With a minute left West Hills caps off the score with a touchdown and extra point to put the score at the final, 42-22.
■ This week’s game will play again against Coronado (3-1) at Coronado High School at 7 p.m. Sept. 25. The Junior Varsity tied this past week against West Hills. They will play Coronado at 5 p.m.