West Ranch football loses tough game to Hart

Noah Neri, Staff Writer

On Friday, Oct. 19, West Ranch football had its first loss of the season, falling 31-26 to Hart in a close game. West Ranch football started the action by running the ball out of the triple option like they did the week before against Saugus. However, they were unable to get the offense rolling through the first quarter, going down 6-0 early on a Hart touchdown.

In the second quarter, Ryan Camacho got a huge 50-yard touchdown to tie the game up at 6. After getting the ball back, Hart drove back down the field and went up 12-6 on a touchdown by Taden Littleford with around 7 minutes left in the half. The constantly outstanding Ryan was able to get another huge 60-yard run to knot the game up at 12 apiece. However, Hart got in 10 more points before halftime.

Down 22-12 in the 3rd quarter, Ryan Camacho came up with another huge play, grabbing an interception and returning it inside the Hart 20. His brother Jovan quickly ran for a score, putting the game within four at 22-18. Unfortunately for the Cats, Hart had an answer and drove all the way down the field for another touchdown.

The Cats were able to get another few defensive stops and they trailed 29-18 with 10:18 left in the fourth quarter. Just when the crowd was starting to lose hope for a West Ranch comeback, Camacho had his third long touchdown of the night, finding a hole and running 82 yards for an incredible touchdown. The Cats pulled off a 2 point conversion and were suddenly only down three, with 9 minutes still left on the clock.

Unfortunately, Hart stopped the next Cats drive on downs and drove all the way to the West Ranch 5, taking valuable time off the clock. With less than 2 minutes remaining, the Wildcats’ offense finally got back on the field with no timeouts and a chance to win the game, still trailing by 3. Quarterback Weston Eget took the first snap of the drive and dropped back, but in a heartbreaking turn of events, he was sacked for a game-ending safety by the Indians.

The final score was 31-26, a tough loss that ended West Ranch’s undefeated season.

“I was proud of their efforts,” said a disappointed Coach Varner, “but sometimes that’s just the way it happens.”

The Cats’ next game is at home against Valencia on Friday, Oct. 26. Come support the team as they attempt to win their first Foothill league title ever!