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Southwestern comes out firing, beats West L.A., 58-27, in season opener Phillip Brents | Fri, Sep 13 2013 01:15 PM

The Southwestern College football team led all Southern California teams in scoring offense last year; the Jaguars appear to have picked up where they left off after recording a 58-27 non-conference victory Saturday against West Los Angeles in the team’s 2013 season opener.

“It was community college football, (which means) it can turn around on a dime,” SWC head coach Ed Carberry said. “We knew we couldn’t just turn off the mistakes we had made through training camp. We knew we just had to play hard.

“It was a game of big plays — a lot of big plays for us and a lot of big plays for them. When you can score, that helps a lot.”

Despite the departure of running back Charles Westbrook, last year’s American Division Bowl’s Most Valuable Player, after receiving a university scholarship over the summer, the Jags still look potent on offense.

Sophomore quarterback Frank Foster (Valhalla) directed the team on its first series inside the Wildcats 10-yard line before the hosts settled for a 28-yard field goal by Van Saban (Helix).

Eastlake grad Blake Wilson then made the first big play of the game after scoring on a 62-yard interception return. Teammate Tyler George had initially tipped the pass high into the air; Wilson grabbed the ball as it floated down.

“I had the running back one-on-one on the play,” Wilson recounted. “I saw the ball in the air, grabbed it and took it down the sideline. It felt awesome. It was a momentum changer. It’s always nice to put your team on the scoreboard.”

Southwestern racked up 294 net passing yards and 343 net rushing yards on a staggering 111 plays.

Foster passed for 281 yards and two touchdowns with one interception. He also rushed 17 times for 108 yards and scored two rushing touchdowns.

“Frank was either going to keep it or throw it, I think he kept it more than we would have wanted him to,” Carberry said.

Cedrick Agyeman rushed 24 times for 134 yards and scored once while Diderot Nemorin had six carries for 72 yards and two rushing TDs.

Cameron Lee (Helix) led all receivers with four catches for 103 yards, though Jason Dickinson Gaines (El Cajon Christian) and Kevin Mills (Valhalla) each caught scoring passes.

SWC led 24-7 early before West L.A. trimmed that lead to 24-21 early in the third quarter; the Jags then zipped ahead 51-21 before the teams exchanged the final two touchdowns of the game.

Jeremy Burgos paced the winners with seven tackles, including six solo stops.

Southwestern returns to Olympian High School on Sept. 21 to host the Palomar Comets. The Jags play at L.A. Valley on Saturday. Kick-off is 7 p.m.

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