Vista Murrieta Keeps on Rolling With 50-3 Win Over Mesa

By Sierra Trujillo Vista Murrieta High School's football team cruised to another win Friday night, defeating league rival Murrieta Mes...

By Sierra Trujillo

Vista Murrieta High School's football team cruised to another win Friday night, defeating league rival Murrieta Mesa, 50-3. The Broncos earned their 28th consecutive league win, while handing the Rams their fourth loss of the season.

The story for the Broncos yet again seemed to be their wide receiver-turned-quarterback Kyle Williams, who threw the ball 13 times for 213 yards and carried the ball 14 times for 153 yards. He also scored two touchdowns.

Vista head coach Coley Candaele has enjoyed watching Williams transition into the quarterback role, and also his role as a leader on the team.

"In high school football, when your teammates love a kid, they’re going to play hard for him, and our team loves Kyle Williams, because Kyle Williams is one of the hardest workers and toughest kids," said Candaele.

Mesa got off to a rough start, with quarterback Peyton Uhl throwing interceptions on the first plays of the Rams’ first two possessions. The Broncos capitalized on the mistakes and led 10-0 less than five minutes into the game. Uhl ultimately threw the ball 15 times in the game for 71 yards, while junior running back McKinley Ross ran the ball 14 times for 74 yards.

Vista went into halftime with a 29-0 lead with the help of touchdowns by Williams and junior running back Tito Feliciano. They came back from the break even more energized, with senior receiver Jamie Nunley scoring a 75-yard touchdown in the first minute of the third quarter, extending the Broncos’ lead to 36-0.

Mesa scored its only points of the game with a field goal in the fourth quarter. Later, on Vista’s only 3-and-out of the night, Mesa muffed the punt and Vista recovered the ball at its own 45 with six minutes remaining in the game. The Broncos went on to score their sixth and final touchdown of the game on that drive, bringing the score to the final 50-3.

"We came out in the first quarter kind of flat with no emotion," said Williams. "We kind of picked it up the second quarter. Third quarter we came out a little better. We came out with some good drives and overall a good win. We’re just working harder, getting better at our craft."

While it appeared that Vista dominated the Rams, Candaele said that the Broncos played a sloppy game, and they’re lucky they were able to come away with such a prevailing win. The Broncos were responsible for at least eight penalties throughout the game.

"It was a very sloppy game for us, with a world record for penalties," said Candaele. "Tonight showed us that we are a long ways from where we need to be, so we have a lot of work to do."

The Broncos' record improved to 6-2 overall, 3-0 in league. The Rams fell to an even 4-4 overall, 0-3 in league.

Vista Murrieta will look to clean up its mistakes and continue its winning streak against Chaparral High School at home next week. Murrieta Mesa takes on Great Oak High School at home.

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