Wimbish Gives Murrieta Valley OT Win Over Mesa, 50-47

Quincy Wimbish heads upfield for big yardage Friday night. He ran for 252 yards and 4 TDs in a wild win over Murrieta Mesa. (Photos by Da...

Quincy Wimbish heads upfield for big yardage Friday night. He ran for 252 yards and 4 TDs in a wild win over Murrieta Mesa.
(Photos by David Stovall)
By Aaron Rachman

Junior running back Quincy Wimbish scored on a 25-yard run in overtime to give Murrieta Valley High School a 50-47 victory over Murrieta Mesa in a wild Homecoming game at Murrieta Valley Friday night.

Mesa led the Southwestern League opener 44-37 with just 1:18 remaining in regulation when McKinley Ross scored on a 26-yard run following an interception by Marcos Boggan to set up the scoring drive. But Valley fought back to tie the score with 53 seconds left when Wimbish ran 35 yards for a TD following Aaron Young's big kickoff return to the Mesa 48-yard line.

Mesa (0-1, 4-2) moved the ball down inside the 30-yard line in the final minute, however, setting up placekicker Mateo Thompson for a 45-yard field goal attempt that could've won the game on the final play of regulation.

Thompson, named the Murrieta 24/7 Athlete of the Month for September after kicking two 53-yard field goals, hooked it right (photo at left) and the game went to overtime.

Mesa got the ball first in the overtime and settled for a field goal and a 47-44 lead. Valley got a turn to tie or win the game, however, and Wimbish did the rest.

"The whole game was so crazy, it's hard to pinpoint a real momentum swing," said Valley coach George Wilson. "We did something, they answered every time."

Wimbish had a monster game, rushing for 252 yards with four TDs for the Nighthawks.

"Quincy is a great back and a very passionate kid," Wilson said. "I think right when he came in on the last play he saw the end zone and he went for it."

The victory by Murrieta Valley (1-0, 3-3) overshadowed a tremendous individual performance by Mesa's Ross (right), who carried 25 times for 263 yards and six touchdowns.

"You should win any game you score 47 points in," said Mesa coach Justin Schaeffer. "We did really poor defensively. We gave up big plays second and long and third and long. We weren't able to recover from it.

"Unfortunately, we wasted a career game from McKinley Ross. We just needed to do a better job of supporting him tonight. The offensive line played their tails off. But you can't give up 50 and win a game."

Murrieta Valley got on the scoreboard first when Wimbish took it into the end zone for his first of four touchdowns in the game. Mesa came back with a quick scoring drive when Ross ran it in from 61 yards out to make it a 7-6 ballgame. Mesa missed the extra point.

Ross got his second touchdown of the game early in the second quarter, tying the game at 13. Ross and Wimbish each scored another touchdown in the early going, making it a 20-20 game at the half.

The third quarter was another back-and-forth offensive show when each team scored two touchdowns. Young and Jacob Lopez got on the score sheet for Murrieta Valley and Ross did it again for Mesa with two more rushing touchdowns.

Mesa next week plays Temecula Valley on the road while Murrieta Valley hosts Vista Murrieta.

Quincy Wimbish heads for the goal line with the winning touchdown in overtime.

Murrieta Mesa quarterback Peyton Uhl carries the ball for the Rams in the first half. 

Wide receiver Jacob Lopez heads toward the end zone on a touchdown pass play Friday night. 

The stands were packed on both sides of the field for Friday's game.

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