Bachmeier Leads Murrieta Valley to 48-7 Playoff Win

By Alex Sims Murrieta Valley High School excelled in all phases of the game Friday night in scoring a 48-7 victory over Fountain Valley...


By Alex Sims

Murrieta Valley High School excelled in all phases of the game Friday night in scoring a 48-7 victory over Fountain Valley in the first round of the CIF Southern Section football playoffs.

Freshman quarterback Hank Bachmeier threw five touchdown passes for the Nighthawks (9-2), who will play at top-seeded Mission Viejo next Friday in the second round of the playoffs.

Both teams came out and started the game with mutually weak three-and-outs. When the visiting Barons punted to the Nighthawks after their second possession, Murrieta Valley's Maurice Bell fumbled and turned it over to the Barons on the 25-yard line. Then a personal foul on MVHS set the Barons up with a first and goal at the 5-yard line. The Barons struck first with a 5-yard keeper by quarterback Chad Olberding.

These series of events seemed to wake up the Nighthawks on both sides of the ball. Bachmeier showed how lethal his offense can be by delivering a 40-yard run and a 30-yard pass to Marquis Spiker for a touchdown, tying the score. Seconds later, Murrieta Valley linebacker Joe Montoya recovered a Fountain Valley fumble in Baron territory. After a couple of plays, Bachmeier found the end zone again on a 7-yard keeper to make the score 14-7.

Again, both teams had a series of downs with little results. Then, in a reversal of roles, a personal foul penalty put the Nighthawks on the Barons 25-yard line. And again, Bachmeier found Spiker for a 25-yard TD. The extra point was missed so the score was 20-7.

MV's defense stifled the Barons again, so Fountain Valley punted. Quincy Wimbish responded with a 45-yard run, dodging and spinning past defenders. Then, as if Bachmeier dared the Barons to stop it, he hit Spiker again on a 9-yard pass for a thirdd TD to make the score 27-7.

Again the MV defense stopped the Barons, making any attempt at getting a rhythm on offense nearly impossible. With four minutes left in the second quarter, Bachmeier hit Spiker for 15 yards, then 55 yards, which set up a 9-yard catch and run by Bell for a touchdown. At halftime, the score was 34-7.

Starting the 3rd quarter, Bell continued to contribute, catching a 20-yard pass and a 12-yard touchdown pass, making the score 41-7.

Within minutes, Nighthawks defensive back Campbell Sawyers recovered a fumble on the Baron 31-yard line. Winbish then showed why he is one of the top backs in the division with a 31-yard run for a TD.

"We came out sloppy, but midway through the first quarter we started to execute," said Nighthawks coach George Wilson. :We got things done. We are where we want to be, playing a first-place team next week. That's our motivation."

Bachmeier spoke about the connection he had on the field with Spiker.

"We have great chemistry," he said. "We take a lot from practice. Coach Wilson has prepared us and we just execute. Everyone supports each other; we are family."

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