Solid Effort Gives Murrieta Valley Win Over Chaparral

By Alex Sims The Murrieta Valley High Nighthawks football team performed flawlessly against the Chapparal Pumas and sealed a 49-17 win at...

By Alex Sims

The Murrieta Valley High Nighthawks football team performed flawlessly against the Chapparal Pumas and sealed a 49-17 win at home Friday night.

The Nighthawks' first possession was on the Pumas' 18-yard line after special teams helped recover a muffed punt. Quarterback Hank Bachmeier scored immediately on a keeper from 13 yards out, making it 7-0. The Pumas responded immediately on the ensuing drive, with a 35-yard passing touchdown from quarterback QB Austin Reza to Westin Long.

Special teams showed up again for the Nighthawks (6-2, 2-1) as Maurice bell returned the kick 35 yards, setting up Bachmeier and the offense to score again. And this they did, Bachmeier scrambling for 20 and connecting with Quincy Winbush for 20. After a tough goal line stand by the Pumas, Bachmeier connected with Marquis Spiker, who was left all alone in the back of the end zone.

With the score 14-7, the Pumas put together a solid drive but could not punch it in and settled for a field goal to make it 14-10.

Once again Murrieta Valley's special teams showed off. this time Winbush returned the kick 45 yards and set up very good field position. Spiker gained 20 yards on a catch and run. Then, 38 seconds into the second quarter, Bachmeier and Spiker connected for a 35-yard TD, making it 21-10.

On Murrieta Valley's next possesion, Bachmeier was intercepted and it was returned to the MV 29-yard line. The Nighthawk defense stood strong and stopped the Pumas as they turned the ball over on downs instead of attempting a field goal, however.

There were two exchanges as both teams struggled to get first downs. The Pumas had the ball with two minutes left in the second quarter and started to move. Campbell Sawyer of MV intercepted a pass at the 45-yard line. With 1:27 left before the half, Bachmeier and Bell went to work, connecting for 15 and 27 yards, with the latter being a TD. The halftime score was 28-10.

Chapparal muffed the opening kick to start the third quarter and gave the Nighthawks great field position on the Puma 45-yard line. Winbush had runs of 10 and 22 yards and helped set up first and goal. He eventually put it over the goal line and made the score 35-10 just a minute and a half into the third quarter.

Chapparal put up a TD with 4:10 left in the third quarter by Jaime Hernandez with a 7-yard reception, but the Pumas could not muster up any more offense for the rest of the game. Scores came from both sides of the ball as Jaylen Moore had a pick six to end the period for Chaparral. Then in the fourth quarter, the Nighthawks put up an impressive, clock-eating drive that was capped off with a 15-yard barreling TD run by Mazin Khalil.

"We didn't play well last week," said MV coach George Wilson. "That was a motivator for us to come out and play our brand of football. There are no easy games in our league; every week is a battle."


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