It's An Easy Victory for Murrieta Valley, 63-13

Murrieta Valley quarterback Hank Bachmeier awaits the snap during Murrieta Valley's big win Friday night. By Alex Sims The Murriet...

Murrieta Valley quarterback Hank Bachmeier awaits the snap during Murrieta Valley's big win Friday night.

By Alex Sims

The Murrieta Valley High School Nighthawks scored an easy victory Friday night at Temecula Valley, often dominating all aspects -- offense, defense and special teams -- to win, 63-13.

In the first quarter, the Golden Bears put together a solid drive to start but stalled at the Nighthawks' 27 and were forced to turn the ball over on downs. MVHS freshman quarterback Hank Bachmeier made the Golden Bears pay by scrambling for 52 yards and an 8-yard keeper and getting Quincy Wimbish involved for a 5-yard TD run.

The next possession by the Bears was stifled by the Nighthawks and they punted, resulting with the Nighthawks starting from their own 5. The very next play, Wimbish broke from the pack and turned the afterburners on, scampering for 95 yards to the end zone. With 6:20 left in the first quarter, The Golden Bears responded with Travis Plantier and a 45-yard catch and run and Olita Palmer going in for a TD from 2 yards.

With 3:48 left in the first quarter and the score 14-7, it actually seemed to be a challenging game for both sides. The Nighthawks' ensuing drive exposed the weakness in the Golden Bears defense, however. Bachmeier connected with Maurice Bell for 28 yards and again for 9 yards and a score. At one point in that drive, the Nighthawks had a second and 21 due to penalties and a sack.

In the second quarter, the Golden Bears could not get any offense going, turning the ball over on downs. Again, Bachmeier and Bell connected for a TD. This time it went for 59 yards with 9 minutes left in the second quarter and expanding the score to 28-7.

The Golden Bears tried to get something going, but with 7:36 left in the second quarter, Campbell Sawyers intercepted a pass and put an end to the drive. The Nighthawks' next drive was highlighted by a 24-yard run by Wimbish and a 34-yard screen pass to Bell, making the score 35-7.

Again the Nighthawks defense stood tall and did not allow the Golden Bears to move the ball. The next scoring drive by the Nighthawks included a 25-yard catch and run by Marquis Spiker, making the score 42-7. The Golden Bears finally had some offense swing their way with a 72-yard run for a TD by Zak Simon. The extra point was missed so the score was 42-13.

Bachmeier threw an interception but the Golden Bears turned it back to the Nighthawks with 20 seconds left on the clock. On a well designed play, Wimbish pitched back to Bell, who got the ball all the way down to the 4-yard line, where Mazin Khalil went in for the TD, making the score 49-13 just before the half.

To start the second half, Bachmeier connected with Spiker for 80 yards, making the score 56-13. The rest of the third period had a couple of exchanges by both teams. Campbell Sawyers was put in for Bachmeier at quarterback and led a drive down to score.

Bachmeier completed 10 of 13 passes for 228 yards. Wimbish rushed for 183 yards and 3 TDs. Bell had 107 receiving yards for 3 TDs.

"Yes we executed well, but there are still some things we need to fix," said MVHS coach George Wilson. "I am proud of the way we performed."

Next week the Nighthawks close out the season at home against Great Oak.


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