Murrieta Valley Outlasts Chaparral in Double OT, 21-14

By Conner Facer The Murrieta Valley High School football team might be making a habit of overtime wins in league play. Quarterback Max...

By Conner Facer

The Murrieta Valley High School football team might be making a habit of overtime wins in league play.

Quarterback Max Maitland hit wide receiver Aaron Young with a 4-yard touchdown pass on the second series of plays in overtime, giving the Nighthawks a 21-14 victory at Chaparral in a Southwestern League football game.

It was the second league overtime victory in three games for Murrieta Valley (2-1, 4-4). Two weeks ago, the Nighthawks beat Murrieta Mesa in OT, 50-47.

Murrieta Valley, which went first on the alternating possessions in the second overtime, almost was stopped without scoring. A field goal attempt was missed, but a roughing the kicker penalty kept the drive alive, giving Maitland and Young the opportunity to hook up on the TD pass a few plays later.

Chaparral (1-2, 2-6) had a chance to send the game to a third round of overtime with a touchdown, but quarterback Chris Hall was stopped on the 2-yard line to end the game.

In the first overtime round, Valley's Quincy Wimbish lost the ball on a fumble and Chaparral's Malik Lawal returned it for an apparent touchdown. The play was blown dead at the point of the fumble and the score called back, however.

Valley could've won the game in regulation play, but a field goal with 4 seconds remaining was missed. That came moments after Mickey Sarner of the Nighthawks blocked a Chaparral field goal.

Maitland passed for 180 yards and three touchdowns.

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