Behind Young's 4 TDs, Murrieta Valley Beats Temescal

By Conner Facer Senior wide receiver Aaron Young caught eight passes for 150 yards and four touchdowns Friday night to lead Murrieta Valle...

By Conner Facer

Senior wide receiver Aaron Young caught eight passes for 150 yards and four touchdowns Friday night to lead Murrieta Valley High School to a 46-20 home victory over Temescal Canyon in its season opener.

Young, who is headed to Duke on a scholarship, covered 67 yards on his longest touchdown run. Two of his TD receptions helped Murrieta Valley take a 20-14 halftime lead. Those passes came from starting quarterback Max Maitland, who completed 9 of 11 passes for 125 yards in one half of play. He was replaced by Brian Freeman in the second half, apparently after suffering some sort of injury.

Young caught two more TD passes in the second half, in which the host Nighthawks pulled away from the visitors.

"It felt good," said Valley safety Mickey Sarner after the victory. "We executed well and we got off to a good start for the season."

Sarner said he saw no ill effects in watching his offensive teammates adjust to a different quarterback in the second half.

"Both played well," he said. "Max maybe scrambles a little better, but they both played well."

Running back Quincy Wimbish led Murrieta Valley rushers with 143 yards on 21 carries. Cornerback Xzavier Crawford returned an interception for a touchdown in the fourth quarter -- one of three Nighthawk interceptions on the night.

Temescal Canyon's offense was led by running back Michael Erim, who ran for 90 yards and two touchdowns.

Next week, Murrieta Valley plays at Citrus Hill High School in Perris.

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