Defense Paves the Way for Murrieta Valley, 28-7

By Alex Sims Murrieta Valley High School displayed solid defense and played a cohesive game against visiting the Moorpark Musketeers to...


By Alex Sims

Murrieta Valley High School displayed solid defense and played a cohesive game against visiting the Moorpark Musketeers to score a 28-7 victory in the Nighthawks' Homecoming game on Friday night, Sept. 25.

Rebounding from last week's loss, Murrieta Valley led the entire game, with its defensive players being the stars.

Moorpark had a long "ground and pound" drive that took up much of the first quarter. With 48 seconds left in the period, The Nighthawks stood tall at the goal line, forcing the Musketeers to attemp a field goal. The snap was muffed and The Nighthawks took over at the 44-yard line.

Freshman quarterback Hank Bachmeier connected with Maurice Bell twice on the ensuing drive (14 yards, 2 yards) with the 2-yard pass going for a touchdown.

The Musketeers came back with another grinding and impressive drive all the way down to the Nighthawks 4-yard line. After a couple of penalties, the Nighthawks' Quincy Wimbish intercepted a Nolan Easley pass at the 22 and gave the Nighthawks another chance with a minute left before the half. On a trick play, Bachmeier gave a lateral to Ryan Mascarenas, who passed to Marquis Spiker downfield for a 22-yard catch and run to the end zone, making the score 14-0.

Moorpark put together another pounding drive that took up eight minutes and scored with 2:38 left in the third quarter on a 9-yard touchdown run. Murrietta Valley responded on special teams when the ensuing kickoff was returned 75 yards by Maurice Bell, making the score 21-7.

Again, the Musketeers took up most of the clock of the fourth quarter, driving the ball down to the 1-yard line. But with lots of grit, The Nighthawks stood tall and denied a score, getting Moorpark to turn the ball over on downs with 2:27 left.

With the ball on the MVHS 1-yard line, Wimbish took the handoff from Bachmeier and raced 99 yards for a score that sealed the victory.

"They were a big physical team, and our guys were scrappy; they fought and fought," said Murrieta Valley coach George Wilson. "A lot of third and 1's and fourth and 1's, and I'm so proud. (That goal line stand) sums up what I'm talking about. Fourth and 1, on the line, and at that point a tight game, and they found a way to get it done. I was very proud of that moment."

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