By Liz Alper
November 18, 2015 (El Cajon) - In the first round of CIF football playoffs, the West Hills High School Wolfpack and the Christian High School Patriots met at Granite Hills High School last Friday night.
The Patriots looked to earn a playoff win to honor their recently deceased teammate, Jason Lyon, and they did it in a big way.
In the first quarter, kicker CJ Erwin gave West Hills a 3-0 lead on a 43 yard field goal attempt following a fumble recovery by the Wolfpack defense.
The Patriots didn't let that go unnoticed. Running back Adrian Petty ran the ball in for a 7-3 Christian lead.
The Wolfpack kept creeping back. CJ Erwin made another field goal, narrowing Christian's lead to one. 7-6.
The Petty train kept rolling. Petty scored his second rushing touchdown of the night at the end of the second quarter for a 14-6 Patriots lead.
The Wolfpack got to within one before the half on a 67 yard reception by Justin Hancock. Quarterback Spencer Moyer threw the ball to Austin Estrada in the end zone for the touchdown. 14-13 Patriots.
In the second half, after an uneventful third quarter, Moyer threw to the wide open Tyler Sepulveda in the end zone to give the Wolfpack their first lead of the night. 20-14 West Hills.
The Patriots didn't let the Pack get away with it. Petty scored his third touchdown on the ground of the night to springboard the Patriots ahead of the Wolfpack again, 21-20.
The hits kept coming. Another score by Joey Morones gave the Patriots a 28-20 lead. What had been a close game for three quarters soon got out of reach for West Hills.
Touchdown number four for Petty came late in the fourth, giving him over 199 rushing yards on the night and giving the Patriots a 34-20 lead and the win. They'll go on to face Valhalla High School in the quarterfinals this Friday.