Williams, Vista Murrieta Shut Down Murrieta Valley, 35-7

By Aaron Rachman Kyle Williams ran for 160 yards and 2 touchdowns Friday night to lead Vista Murrieta High School to a 35-7 victory over c...

By Aaron Rachman

Kyle Williams ran for 160 yards and 2 touchdowns Friday night to lead Vista Murrieta High School to a 35-7 victory over cross town rival Murrieta Valley.

Early in the first quarter this was a defensive battle and field position came into play. Vista Murrieta had to punt early and a solid kick forced Murrieta Valley to start at its 1-yard line. Murrieta Valley went 3 and out and had to punt the ball back to Vista. Every punt by Murrieta Valley was kicked out of bounds to keep it away from Williams, a talented kick returner.

"Our plan was to take that part of the game away from them," MVHS coach George Wilson said afterward.

Although Williams didn't have a chance to return a punt, Vista took the ball on an early drive and in only three plays, quarterback Kade Greeley hit Khalil Shakir with an 18-yard touchdown pass to give the Broncos the early lead, 7-0.

The game included lots of penalties in the first half -- nine by Vista -- but the Broncos were not hurt by the loss of yardage.

"When you play with a high level of intensity, you are going to have a lot of penalties," said coach Coley Candele. "We had the best set of refs out there and they are going to call a very tight game."

Vista later got on the board again soon after when Williams ran it in for a touchdown to put Vista Murrieta up 14-0. Late in the second quarter Vista was attempting a field goal when the snap was muffed and the Broncos had to throw it deep in the end zone. It was caught for a touchdown but was called back to an illegal man downfield penalty. Vista led at the half, 14-0.

Vista came out strong to start the third quarter and scored a quick touchdown to make it 21-0. Murrieta Valley looked good on its opening drive of the second half and got on the scoreboard to make it 21-7.

On the ensuing kickoff, Vista fumbled the ball and Murrieta Valley recovered it on the Vista 35-yard line. The Nighthawks couldn't capitalize on the fumble, however, with Vista's Duane Johnson intercepting a pass on the 1-yard line. Three plays later, Williams scored on a 72-yard touchdown run.

"We were moving the ball early," Candaele said about the Broncos. "We moved the ball into their territory a couple times. We were down in the red zone a couple times and just didn't punch it in. But I loved the way the defense was playing.

"Field position was the key. And by them punting the ball short out of bounds, it gave us good field position inside the 50-yard line."

Nighthawks coach Wilson said that playing a tough team such as Vista Murrieta (6-1, 2-0) will help MVHS (5-2, 1-1) in the long run.

"A game like this is the kind of experience we need," he said. "We have a young team, a freshman quarterback ... they saw all this happen for the first time.

"A lot of our guys haven't played much varsity ball at all, let alone a team like Vista Murrieta. We got some good experience. The intensity, the crowd ... it was good for our kids to be in that environment."




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