Aguilar’s late TD lifts West Valley over Lassen 13-7 for first 10-0 season
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COTTONWOOD — History was made Friday night at The Pasture as the West Valley Eagles grinded out a 13-7 victory over the visiting Lassen Grizzlies. The Eagles finished the season perfect for the first time in program history at 10-0 overall, capturing an unbeaten Northern Athletic League title.
It may have been “senior night” for the Eagles but that didn’t stop junior Josh Aguilar, who’s in the race for the Shasta County Sports Heisman award, from making his imprint. Aguilar had the Eagles only two touchdowns of the game. The opening 66-yard touchdown, and the 29-yard go-ahead touchdown with 2:30 remaining. He finished with 131 yards on 10 carries.
Aguilar put pressure on Lassen first as he was handed the first play from scrimmage and took it 66 yards to the house, putting West Valley up 7-0 early. Though, Lassen’s Tavin Fowler would tie the game with a 14-yard sweep at the end of the first quarter.
Both teams stalled in the second quarter due in part of each team’s stout defense and penalties, leaving the score even at 7 heading into intermission.
With the defenses still standing tall in the second half, it appeared the team that scored the ball first was going to win the game. Lassen looked to seize control at the Eagles’ 11-yard line. But rather than settling for a field goal on fourth down, West Valley’s defense forced a turnover on downs, coming up with another stand to end the third quarter.
The fourth quarter West Valley had its backs’ against their goal line as penalties plagued them. Backing up from inside Lassen’s 40 all the way to the Eagles’ own 30, giving Lassen the opportunity to take the go-ahead touchdown. Although, Brock Wolf’s pass to Triston Ingerwerson would fall off his fingertips in the end zone.
The ensuing drive the Eagles; with only 3:00 remaining, forced the ball up the field. A Cade Lambert run for over 20 yards got the ball rolling, followed by Aguilar’s two runs, and Wyatt Reginato’s 11 yards on the ground. That drive was capped by a 29-yard go-ahead touchdown run by Aguilar. The Eagles would hold on to win 13-7.
“We came in knowing it was going to be a battle,” said Aguilar.
“Throughout the whole week we said we were going to battle it out. We knew it was senior night, but we’re not individuals, we’re family.”
West Valley finishes the regular season at 10-0 and will likely have the No. 1 seed when the Northern Section Division III playoff brackets are released on Nov. 9.
“I’ve coached for 35 years…never been 10-0,” said West Valley head coach Greg Grandell.
“It’s obviously cool for me, but I’m more happy for the school and the kids, it’s more of them than me.”
Lassen travels to Redding next week to play Shasta; who beat Foothill 50-21, in the final game of the season.
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