Murrieta Valley's Season Ends With Loss to Great Oak

By Sierra Trujillo The Murrieta Valley High School football team’s 2014 season came to an end after losing to Great Oak Friday night. The ...

By Sierra Trujillo

The Murrieta Valley High School football team’s 2014 season came to an end after losing to Great Oak Friday night. The Nighthawks' 49-23 loss left them with a 4-6 overall record and 2-3 in league.

"Our goal was to win the league, so we didn’t achieve our goal. That’s always tough," said Murrieta Valley coach George Wilson of the team’s performance throughout the season. "The guys never got down on themselves. They just kept fighting -- so we finished third in the league."

The game started off strong for Murrieta Valley. The Nighthawks scored a touchdown on their first drive of the game with an 11-yard pass from senior quarterback Maxwell Maitland to senior wide receiver Aaron Young. After the kick for the extra point was blocked, the Nighthawks had their only lead of the game, 6-0 over the Wolfpack.

Great Oak scored four unanswered touchdowns before Murrieta Valley was able to end the first half with a field goal, which brought the score to 28-9.

Murrieta Valley started the second half with a strong drive, but Maitland threw an interception at the Wolfpack’s 10-yard-line, one of three thrown throughout the game. The Wolfpack scored on their next drive, increasing their lead to 35-9.

The Nighthawks scored their second touchdown of the game with 4:07 remaining in the third quarter on a 3-yard pass to Young, lessening their deficit to 19 points. However, Great Oak was able to score two more touchdowns before Young scored another touchdown on 22-yard pass with 7:08 remaining in the game.

"It’s tough to see the seniors; they’re not going to play anymore," said Wilson. "They definitely left their hearts on the field. They played about as hard as they could play, and that’s all you can ask for."

Young, in his last game as a Nighthawk, caught the ball eight times for a total of 171 yards and three touchdowns. Maitland threw the ball 35 times for 219 yards.

"This is one of the most fun teams I’ve ever been on, the most fun ever," said Maitland of his last season at Murrieta Valley. "We’re like brothers, I guess."

Junior running back Quincy Wimbish also had a good game for the Nighthawks, carrying the ball 28 times for 152 yards.

Wilson plans to have the team back to work very soon to begin training and preparing for the 2015 season. While they may not have met their goal for this season, the Nighthawks will continue to strive to be the best in the league in the seasons to come.

"We’re going to get back in the weight room on Monday and we’re going to get ready for 2015," said Wilson. "There’s no time to spare."

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