Vista Holds On in Second Half Behind Williams, 35-22

By Aaron Rachman Quarterback Kyle Williams ran for three touchdowns Thursday night to lead Vista Murrieta High School to a 35-22 victory o...

By Aaron Rachman

Quarterback Kyle Williams ran for three touchdowns Thursday night to lead Vista Murrieta High School to a 35-22 victory over Chaparral, clinching the Southwestern League title.

Vista Murrieta is now 7-2 on the year and 4-0 in league play with one game remaining -- next Thursday against Temecula Valley -- before the start of the CIF playoffs.

The game started out as a defensive battle in the first quarter. With their only possession in the quarter, the Broncos scored when Williams ran in for his first of three scores from 4 yards out. Vista led 7-0 at the end of the first quarter.

Williams got his second touchdown on an 11-yard run to make it 14-0 early in the second quarter. Tito Feliciano made it 21-0 Vista late in the first half when he scored from 2 yards out. That was the score at halftime.

Vista took just two plays after the opening kickoff in the third quarter before scoring on a 62-yard run by Seth Acta. Vista missed the extra point and led 27-0 at this point in the game. Soon the momentum began to shift, however.

Chaparral drove the ball all the way down to the Vista 2-yard line and fumbled it away. But Chaparral held Vista on fourth down in the next series and finally got on the scoreboard, making it a 27-6 game. Following a 2-point conversion, the score was 27-8.

On the ensuing kickoff, Chaparral went for the onside kick and recovered it. Chaparral later scored with three seconds remaining in the third quarter, making it a 27-15 game.

"They held onto the ball in the first half," Vista coach Coley Candaele said about Chaparral. "They did exactly what they've done all year -- long, steady drives. Then we finally scored on that one possession. That was expected. What was not expected was us to not play at all in the second half. "

Vista missed a field goal in the fourth quarter and Chaparral capitalized to score again, making it a 27-22 game late in the fourth quarter. But Williams wasn't done yet; he sealed the victory with his third touchdown of the game, this time with a 1-yard run.

"Kyle has turned himself into a very good quarterback," Candaele said about Williams. "He's checking at the line now. He checked us out of two bad plays today, which we never practiced. He did it on his own. He's developing every week. 

"Really, though, they outplayed us. In the third and fourth quarter, we played zero defense. They could've easily won the game.  If we're going to play like we did in the second half, it's going to be a short season for us."

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