Citrus Hill Has Too Much Firepower for Murrieta Valley

Murrieta Valley's Aaron Young breaks through a crowd of defenders in Friday night's game. (Photos by David Stovall)  By Conner...

Murrieta Valley's Aaron Young breaks through a crowd of defenders in Friday night's game.
(Photos by David Stovall) 
By Conner Facer

Quarterback Max Maitland completed 20 of 44 passes for 152 yards and wide receiver Aaron Young caught 5 passes for 94 yards and two touchdowns Friday night, but it wasn't enough for Murrieta Valley High in a 30-20 loss at Citrus Hill of Perris.

Under pressure from the Citrus Hill defense, Maitland spent much of the night scrambling. He hit Young with a 62-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter, however, helping the Nighthawks tie the score at 7-7.

Citrus Hill led 20-7 at halftime. A 2-yard touchdown run by Quincy Wimbish cut the deficit to 20-14 in the third quarter, but Murrieta Valley got no closer.

Quarterback Jerrell Brown passed for 240 yards and a touchdown and rushed for another TD for Citrus Hill, which evened its record at 1-1 after a tough loss to Rancho Verde the week before. Murrieta Valley also is 1-1.

Wimbish finished with 17 carries for 64 yards rushing for the Nighthawks. The defense came up with a fumble recovery and three interceptions.

"I gotta bounce back back and watch film and see what's wrong," said Young, a transfer student for Murrieta Valley who is headed for Duke University next year. "Maybe get in better shape. I got a little tired out there.

"I mean,five plays go our way and the game would have been ours."

Murrieta Valley is off next week before resuming play at Rancho Cucamonga the following week.

Murrieta Valley defenders wrap up Citrus Hill quarterback Jerrell Brown during Friday's game. 

Nighthawks defensive back Xzavier Crawford and a teammate take down Citrus Hill wide receiver Justin Clarkson.

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