Story by Liz Alper
Photos by Don De Mars
Photo: Senior running back Kegan Baker racked up 203 yards, 24 carries and scored three touchdowns.
August 31, 2019 (Santee) - We missed the start of the season last week, but this week, ECM Friday Night Lights is back and we’ve got a good one to kick things off. It’s Valhalla and West HIlls from the Land of Blue Turf in Santee. The Norsemen are coming off a big win against University City last week, while the Wolf Pack are also 1-0 after beating Southwest El Centro.
Senior Kegan Baker had a few good runs for Valhalla on their first drive, but the Norsemen went three and out and a bad punt gave the Wolf Pack great field position. Senior Jake Maheu punched it in at the goal line. The Master of Mayhem put the Pack up 7-0 after one.
But Kegan Baker always makes it clear he never goes away, and in the second, he broke some tackles in the red zone and wormed his way into the red zone from 16 yards out and Valhalla tied the game. West Hills fought their way downfield and punched it in again after a bobbled punt return by Valhalla gave them good field position. The Pack led 14-7 at the half.
It was Valhalla that started the scoring in the second half with a field goal to help them creep a little closer. Baker set the Norsemen up big on their next drive with a monster run that set up his short rush into the end zone. The Norsemen had their first lead of the game, up 17-14 after three.
Baker sealed the deal for the Norse in the fourth with a one-yard rush. The new and improved Norsemen staged an impressive comeback and moved to 2-0 on the season with a 24-14 win. The Wolf Pack fall to 1-1.
The Norsemen take their bye week next week, while the Pack host Santa Fe High School from Santa Fe Springs, CA at 7 p.m.
Other East County scores:
Point Loma 28, Ramona 7
Steele Canyon 19, Madison 14
Morse 68, Patrick Henry 32
Castle Park 41, Mountain Empire 21
Monte Vista 28, Rancho Buena Vista 14
Mt. Carmel 17, Granite Hills 34
Herriman 26, Helix 19 (Elelyon Noa breaks Reggie Bush’s 5,000-yard rushing record)
Santana 31, Serra 14
Christian 26, De Anza 13
Mater Dei 26, Grossmont 59
Mount Miguel 44, Chula Vista 7
Hilltop 47, El Capitan 41
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