By Steve Ramirez
The road back to prominence for the Wilson High School football program began in earnest this past Friday. For some, the Wildcats’ 28-13 victory over Sonora was just another football score. But for others, it meant so much more, especially from a program that had gone from winning back-to-back CIF-Southern Section divisional titles during the 1990s to being a mere 1-9 last season.
“It was huge,” said first-year Wilson coach Brian Zavala, a former assistant at Northview who was brought in to revive the program. “I’m glad for the players, it was worth it to just see their faces. For what they’ve been through, it’s a big step for our kids and Wilson.”
The Wildcats, who rallied from a 13-0 deficit to score the final 28 points, were led by running back turned quarterback Moses Vega and running back Daniel Siller. Vega accounted for three touchdowns and more than 200 all-purpose yards. Siller had 130 yards rushing.
“It was a team win, but I like the way Moses handled himself,” Zavala said. “He’s made the switch to quarterback and he’s still adjusting. But he’s being an athlete, being smart.
“Daniel ran hard and was tough.”
But now it’s back to work for Wilson, which must put the thrill of victory behind it and move on to the next assignment, which is a home game against undefeated Glenn (2-0) on Friday.
“That’s what we’re working on,” Zavala said. “You can tell the kids are walking around campus with a big bounce in their step, and that’s great, because they deserve it. But Glenn is 2-0 and has talent.
“I tell the kids, `Let’s not forget where we were. We have to earn it, they are not going to give it to us.’ It’s two undefeated teams going at each other. I know it’s early, but neither of us has lost and that’s going to change for someone (on Friday).”
Vikings drop to 0-2
Mountain View had a productive night statistically last week, but was dominated on the scoreboard, losing 33-0 to visiting Bell-Jeff.
Fabian Oecgueda rushed for 100 yards and Jerry Ponce had 74 more for the Vikings, who slipped to 0-2.
Bell-Jeff received 279 yards passing and three TDs from Phillip Diaz.