Dubots Touchdown Run Leads Vista Past Upland, 21-14

The Vista Murrieta High defense came up big against Upland in Friday's victory. Photos by Aaron Rachman Story is updated with the f...

The Vista Murrieta High defense came up big against Upland in Friday's victory.
Photos by Aaron Rachman

Story is updated with the fact that Vista Murrieta's semifinal game Nov. 27 against Rancho Cucamonga will be played at Los Osos High at 7 p.m.

By Aaron Rachman

Junior running back Cole Dubots broke free for a 96-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter to lead the Vista Murrieta High School football team to a 21-14 win over Upland Friday night.

The Broncos (11-1) were in a tight game when Dubots scored the eventual game winner in the second-round game of the CIF Southern Section playoffs. The game took place at Upland -- the same place Vista won last year in the CIF semifinals.

"It was a big one for Cole," said Vista Murrieta coach Coley Candaele, whose team will play Rancho Cucamonga at Los Osos High School in the semifinals next Friday.

Going into the fourth quarter, the game was a defensive battle by both teams. After Dubots' score, Upland (8-4) had the ball deep in its own territory. The Highlanders went for it on fourth and 2 they were stopped for a 4-yard loss, with Vista taking over on downs. Upland got the ball back, only to be intercepted with 90 seconds left in the game.

"Our defense kept doing what they were doing," Candaele said about the Broncos' play late in the game.

The first quarter was a strong start for the Vista offense. Karson Greeley (left) got the Broncos on the board when he ran it into the end zone for a 30-yard touchdown.

"That was huge, just to get our quarterback running," Candaele said about Greeley, who left last week's game with an ankle injury.

Upland came right back though on its next possession with a 4-yard touchdown pass to tie the game at 7-7.

Late in the first quarter, Karson Greeley hit his brother Kade Greeley for a 30-yard acrobatic catch in the end zone to put Vista ahead 14-7 at the end of the first quarter.

The second quarter was a defensive battle for both teams and the only scoring came from Upland when the Highlanders tied the game at 14-14 late in the quarter. Upland had a fourth-and-inches play late in the quarter and they made it but the halftime ended tied at 14.

The third quarter was another defensive struggle and a lot of penalties were called.

"This one tonight was a lot of offsides, which is a controllable penalty," Candaele said. "That's not a good penalty and we are giving up too many yards."

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