Skill Players Give Murrieta Valley Reason for Confidence

Handed a team that is young but possessing some outstanding skill players, first-year head coach George Wilson is looking for big things fr...


Handed a team that is young but possessing some outstanding skill players, first-year head coach George Wilson is looking for big things from the Murrieta Valley High School football team.

Wilson, who came to MVHS after nine years as defensive coordinator at Rancho Verde High, is excited about the Nighthawks' home season opener tonight at 7 against Temescal Canyon.

"We have a lot of new faces, so it's going to be a steep learning curve," Wilson said about the Nighthawks, who have a lot of new starters filling holes from last year's 6-4 team.

"Our offensive and defensive lines are brand new. That's going to be our biggest challenge, getting them ready. It will be trial by fire, but it's a tight-knit group of kids and I feel we can compete for the league title."

Dealing with the likes of CIF finalist Vista Murrieta in the Southwestern League won't be easy, but Murrieta Valley certainly has some top-notch athletes to throw at competitors, both in league play and before.

One of the Nighthawks' top athletes is senior wide receiver Aaron Young, an athletic performer who already has been guaranteed a scholarship to Division I Duke University. Last season, Young caught 38 passes for 605 yards and 3 touchdowns. Also returning is all-league running back Quincy Wimbish, a junior who rushed for 867 yards and 9 TDs in 2013.

Max Maitland is preparing for his first full season at quarterback after starting two games at the end of last year.

"We run a wide-open, up-tempo offense," Wilson said. "We'll throw the ball and run a lot of option. I'm excited about our chances."

The defense is led by linebackers Tyler Landis and Quireo Woodley.

Temescal Canyon figures to pose a challenge to the Nighthawks in tonight's opener, but Wilson is confident of his team's chances.

"They've always been a solid team over the years," Wilson said about tonight's opponent. "We're ready for a good game."

Murrieta 24/7 will provide coverage of tonight's game on our website and Facebook page.

Junior defensive starter Q Woodley is one of the team's top returning players.

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