Vista Strikes Early, Cruises to Win Over Murrieta Mesa

Vista Murrieta quarterback Kade Greeley calls the signals during Friday night's win over Murrieta Mesa. Murrieta 24/7 photos: Aaron Rach...

Vista Murrieta quarterback Kade Greeley calls the signals during Friday night's win over Murrieta Mesa.
Murrieta 24/7 photos: Aaron Rachman

By Aaron Rachman

Vista Murrieta High School came out ready to play from the opening kickoff of Friday night's football game against Murrieta Mesa. The result was a big lead early and a lot of playing time for the reserves in a 62-21 victory on Homecoming night.

Vista (7-1, 3-0) got on the board early when quarterback Kade Greeley hit wide receiver Khalil Shakir for an 82-touchdown pass to take a 7-0 lead. The offense was unstoppable for Vista from that point on. Cole Dubots took it in for an 8-yard touchdown run, Shakir followed with a 68-yard TD run and Greeley passed to Kyle Williams for a 26-yard touchdown to put Vista in a commanding lead 28-0 with still two minutes to go in the first quarter.

Murrieta Mesa (4-4, 1-2) got on the board less than a minute later when quarterback Peyton Uhl hit Austin Salcedo for a 56-yard touchdown pass to make it a 28-7 game, but Vista wasn't finished scoring in the first quarter. Dubots took it in for his second touchdown of the game, this time on an 80-yard run, and Vista was in cruise control, 35-7.

"We didn't have a letdown from last week," said Vista coach Coley Candaele. "That was a big concern after the big win against Murrieta Valley. I was concerned about coming out in the first quarter and being a little, not hesitant, just not ready to play. But we were really ready to play in that first quarter and put 28 points on the board quickly."

Early in the second quarter, Duane Johnson blocked a punt for Vista and recovered it at the Mesa 4-yard line. On the next play, Williams took it in for his second touchdown of the game. Later in the quarter, the Greeley brothers -- Kade and Karson -- hooked up for a 12-yard touchdown pass, making it a 48-7 Vista lead at the half.

Mesa got on the scoreboard again in the third quarter when Salcedo caught a 21-yard touchdown pass from Uhl, but Vista came back with a quick scoring drive of its own to make it a 55-14 lead at the end of the third quarter.

Williams broke a school record in the fourth quarter when he took a kickoff return back 99 yards for a touchdown.

"We've been a little shaky on special teams, so it was nice to get that out of our system," Candaele said in reference to Williams' kickoff return. We got a blocked punt today and a kickoff return."

Williams said the team has worked hard on special teams in practice.

"Coach loves to stress special teams in practice," Williams said. "Everything came together on that return."

Mesa coach Justin Schaeffer said the Rams must now focus on the last two games of the regular season against Great Oak and Chaparral.

"Unfortunately, we got our butts whipped," Schaeffer said. "We have to think about those last two games. If we win those, we still have a chance to go to the playoffs for the first time in school history. We just have to forget this one as quick as we possibly can."

Candaele, whose team plays at Chaparral next week, saw a lot of positive aspects in the victory.

"We got a lot of kids some reps," he said. "We had been playing some tighter games, so we hadn't gotten a lot of kids reps. Now we can see them on film and see where we can find playing time for them."




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