Vista Gets Rolling in Second Half En Route to Easy Win

By Aaron Rachman Vista Murrieta High School closed out its Southwestern League football schedule by defeating Temecula Valley Thursday n...

By Aaron Rachman

Vista Murrieta High School closed out its Southwestern League football schedule by defeating Temecula Valley Thursday night, 53-14.

The Broncos are now 8-2 on the year 5-0 in league play and await to see who their opponent will be in the first round of the CIF playoffs next week. CIF playoff pairings will be announced on Sunday.

The game got off to a slow start for Vista Murrieta, which allowed an opening touchdown to Temecula Valley early in the first quarter. Trailing 7-0, Vista then marched all the way down to the Temecula Valley 1-yard line but couldn't score and turned the ball over on downs.

Early in the second quarter, Vista Murrieta missed a short field goal and Temecula Valley took over at its own 20-yard line. A few plays later, Brandon Worthy picked up the fumble for the Broncos and returned it for a 30-yard touchdown to get Vista Murrieta on the scoreboard. The extra point was missed so they trailed 7-6 halfway through the second quarter.

Late in the second quarter, Seth Acta ran it in for the Broncos for a touchdown. The Broncos went for the 2-point conversion and it didn't work but they took the lead going to halftime, 12-7.

"Temecula is playing the best football they've played all year, so we knew it was not going to be an easy game," Vista coach Coley Candaele said afterward. "They stepped up and played really well in the first half. What I was disappointed in with our kids was our level of speed of play and physicality in the first half. It reminded me of game 1, and we're at game 10.

"We had some choice words for them at halftime and they played a little more physical in the second half so we were able to put some more points on the board."

In the second half, Vista took the opening kickoff and drove down for a quick touchdown and the rout was on from here. Vista got the ball back a minute later and quarterback Kyle Williams (above) ran it in for another score, making it 25-14 at this point.

Vista wasn't done yet. In the third quarter, Tito Feliciano ran it in for the touchdown, making it 32-14 heading into the fourth quarter. In the final period, Vista Murrieta had rushing touchdowns from Acta and Cole Dubots. The final touchdown came when Dwayne Johnson picked off the quarterback, making it a 53-14 score.

"I had a lot of choice words for them at halftime," Candaele said. "Basically, I said, 'This is embarrassing.

"We have to get back to normal. We've had two Thursday games the last two weeks and the kids have been out of whack. I can't wait to return to normal, to get back to playing on a Friday night."

The Broncos will learn of their first-round playoff opponent before the weekend is out.

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