Vista Rolls to Another Easy League Win Behind Williams

Vista Murrieta quarterback Kyle Williams (6) used his legs and his throwing arm to lead the Broncos past Murrieta Valley. By Aaron Rachm...

Vista Murrieta quarterback Kyle Williams (6) used his legs and his throwing arm to lead the Broncos past Murrieta Valley.

By Aaron Rachman and Doug Spoon

Kyle Williams just keeps getting better at quarterback for the Vista Murrieta High School football team.

As a result, the Broncos keep improving as a team and are once again dominating the competition in the Southwestern League.

Vista Murrieta won its 27th consecutive league game and improved its overall record to 5-2 Friday night with a 49-14 victory at rival Murrieta Valley. The Broncos, who lost a 37-3 decision to Orange Lutheran just three weeks ago, have rebounded with three straight wins -- including last week's 42-7 rout of Great Oak in the league opener.

Williams, a converted wide receiver, passed for 245 yards and and three touchdowns. He also ran 85 yards for a score, showing once again just how much he has improved since taking over the QB job midway through the season opener.

"Every time he takes a snap at quarterback, he gets better," Vista coach Coley Candaele said about Williams. "Everyone on our football team respects him and knows who he's playing for; he's a straight team player.

"Kyle is going to play as hard as he possibly can -- sometimes too hard. We're trying to get him to slow down. But as he gets more comfortable, he's going to be able to do more things with his arm. His feet are his gift, but his arm is getting more and more efficient."

Vista took a 7-0 lead in the first quarter when Williams hit Colin Baker with the first of two touchdown receptions. Early in the second quarter, Vista Murrieta scored again when Seth Acda ran it in from 2 yards and a 14-0 lead.

The Broncos surprised the opposition with an onside kick on the next play and recovered the ball, setting up Williams' long touchdown run. It was 21-0 and the rout was on.

Murrieta Valley took the ensuing kickoff and marched down the field to set itself up with a first down at the Vista 5-yard line, but the Nighthawks (3-4, 1-1) fumbled the ball away and Vista capitalized with a scoring drive capped by Tito Feliciano's 1-yard run for a 28-0 halftime lead.

Feliciano (right) ran for 110 yards for the winners.

Murrieta Valley finally got on the scoreboard when quarterback Max Maitland hit Jacob Lopez with a touchdown pass early in the third quarter.

"We did some things well, but they're a very good team," Valley coach George Wilson said about Vista Murrieta. "We came into the game ready to go and we're disappointed with the outcome."

Candaele said the Broncos' tough nonleague schedule helped toughen them up for the league race.

"Our preseason schedule challenged us," he said. "We learned a lot. The kids got humbled a bit because they found out early they weren't as good as they thought they were. When you play tough teams, they expose some things."

Vista didn't appear to have any weaknesses on this night.

Vista Murrieta running back Tito Feliciano dives across the goal line for a touchdown in the second half.

Murrieta Valley's Quincy Wimbish heads upfield after taking a pass from quarterback Max Matiland.


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