Prep foot­ball: West Ranch ends his­toric sea­son in loss to Ox­nard

The Signal - - Front page - By Matt Lechuga For the Sig­nal

A week af­ter a wild come­back for their first play­off win in school his­tory against Sil­ver­ado, West Ranch found them­selves in a nearly iden­ti­cal sit­u­a­tion Fri­day night against Ox­nard at Va­len­cia High School.

Down 34-31 with 3:19 to play, the Wild­cats needed a stop to give the of­fense one more chance at an­other mir­a­cle come­back.

But a 10-yard scram­ble by Yel­low­jack­ets quar­ter­back Vin­cent Walea fol­lowed by a 2-yard dive from run­ning back Xavier Har­ris sealed the game and ended the best sea­son in West Ranch pro­gram his­tory in the sec­ond round of the CIF-SS Di­vi­sion 6 play­offs.

“We bat­tled. We knew they were a solid team go­ing in, and we had our chances, but we just came up a lit­tle short,” said West Ranch (9-3) head coach Chris Varner. “But I was re­ally proud of their ef­fort. I just love this team, and ob­vi­ously we’re sad it ends tonight, but there’s noth­ing to be ashamed of.”

The Wild­cats kept the game close thanks in large part to the com­bined ef­forts of Ryan and Jo­van Ca­ma­cho. Nei­ther left the field, and both made huge im­pacts on both sides of the ball.

Ryan fin­ished the night with two rush­ing touch­downs of three and two yards re­spec­tively, an 80-yard touch­down re­cep­tion and two in­ter­cep­tions. Jo­van fin­ished with a 75-yard touch­down re­cep­tion and an


“We’ve been work­ing hard all sea­son and to come this close and to fall this short is re­ally dis­ap­point­ing to us,” said Ryan.

West Ranch held a 24-21 lead head­ing into the fourth quar­ter but saw it evap­o­rate on a 41-yard touch­down run by Har­ris. A missed PAT kept the Wild­cats within a field goal, down 27-24.

But on West Ranch’s next drive, quar­ter­back We­ston Eget’s pass over the mid­dle was tipped and picked off by Ox­nard’s RJ Aranda who re­turned it 75-yards for the touch­down and a 34-24 lead.

Eget fin­ished the game with two TD passes and two in­ter­cep­tions.

Ryan Ca­ma­cho’s sec­ond rush­ing score brought the Wild­cats back within a field goal be­fore Ox­nard (10-2) was able to run out the clock.

“It took ev­ery­thing to win this game,” said Ox­nard head coach Jon Mack. “That was a re­ally good foot­ball team and that quar­ter­back is very good. And those two Ca­ma­cho twins, I’m happy I don’t have to see them again.”

Com­ing into Fri­day’s game, Varner chal­lenged his team, ask­ing them how many pages they wanted to add to the West Ranch his­tory book. While they may have failed to add any this time around, the Wild­cats did set a school record with nine wins and earned their first play­off vic­tory, ac­com­plish­ments the Ca­ma­cho broth­ers are proud of.

“I’m happy, we had the best team in West Ranch his­tory so that’s good for me,” said Ryan.

Jo­van added, “I know we def­i­nitely could have done more but I’m happy we got as far as we did and we’re able to say we’re one of the best teams to ever be here.”

West Ranch se­nior Ryan Ca­ma­cho plows through the Ox­nard de­fense into the end zone in the sec­ond round of the CIF-South­ern Sec­tion Di­vi­sion 6 play­offs at Va­len­cia High School on Fri­day.

West Ranch se­nior Jo­van Ca­ma­cho picks off an Ox­nard pass in front of the end zone in the sec­ond round of the CIF-South­ern Sec­tion Di­vi­sion 6 play­offs.

The West Ranch de­fense re­cov­ers an Ox­nard fum­ble in the sec­ond round of the CIF-South­ern Sec­tion Di­vi­sion 6 play­offs at Va­len­cia High School on Fri­day.

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