Temecula Valley Has Too Much Offense for Mesa, 31-17

By Conner Facer It was a long night for Murrieta Mesa High School's football team Friday in its Southwestern League game against Tem...

By Conner Facer

It was a long night for Murrieta Mesa High School's football team Friday in its Southwestern League game against Temecula Valley.

The Rams' first-half offensive struggles played a big role in a 31-17 loss to the Golden Bears. The only scoring drive in the first half for Murrieta Mesa ended in a 35-yard field goal by Mateo Thompson, set up by a 35-yard run by McKinley Ross, who finished with 10 carries for 69 yards.

The running game for Temecula Valley (5-2, 1-1) proved to be too hard to handle for Mesa (4-3, 0-2), which consistently saw the Golden Bears pile up first downs and yardage. The offensive line for Temecula Valley handled the defensive front for Mesa, giving huge lanes for the backs to run through and plenty of time for the quarterback to maneuver.

The Mesa defense caused a turnover in the third quarter with an interception by cornerback Robby Fitzgerald. That set up the team in good field position. The Rams' scoring drive was capped off with a 12-yard touchdown catch by Bryan Phan.

In the fourth quarter, Mesa quarterback Peyton Uhl led a impressive drive consisting of a few short passes and well-timed QB draws, which led to a 31-yard pass to Joseph Pinkava -- even though he was blanketed in triple coverage. That pass set up the Rams in scoring range and on the next play Uhl ran the ball 21 yards for the touchdown.

Uhl was 12 of 23 for 111 yards with one touchdown passing, adding 69 yards on the ground and an additional touchdown. Bryan Phan had 4 receptions for 48 yards and 1 touchdown.

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