Murrieta Valley Finishes Regular Season Strong, 42-10

The Murrieta Valley offense lines up for the snap in Friday's game against Great Oak. Photos by Alex Sims By Alex Sims The Murrieta V...

The Murrieta Valley offense lines up for the snap in Friday's game against Great Oak.
Photos by Alex Sims

By Alex Sims

The Murrieta Valley High Nighthawks defeated Great Oak 42-10 Friday night in their final game of the regular season, tuning up for next week's first round of the CIF Southern Section playoffs.

The Nighthawks (8-2, 4-1) led wire to wire, showing up solid on offense, defense, and special teams.

The first quarter was dominated by the Nighthawks offense, led by freshman quarterback Hank Bachmeier. The first play of the game was a 15-yard scramble by Bachmeier, who then connected with Marquis Spiker on a 10-yard and later an 18-yard pass, which resulted in the first touchdown of the game.

The Wolfpack offense took the field hungry, but unable to move the ball. On fourth down and short, sophomore QB McGwire Bustamante was sacked for a loss of 10 yards by Kobey Fitzgerald and Gavin Kemp. Bachmeier immediately went to work, connecting with Spiker for 20 yards and then again from 9 yards out to make the score 14-0.

Again the Wolfpack offense was stifled on its next series and punted the ball to the Nighthawks. Bachmeier put Quincy Wimbish to work, as the running back had gainers for 25 yards and 10 yards to set up a pass to Ryan Mascarenas from 5 yards for a TD to start the second quarter. This made the score 21-0.

There was another three and out by the Wolfpack and the Nighthawk offense was back on the field. With 8:05 left in the period, Wimbish broke loose on a 59-yard run to make the score 28-0. Finally, Great Oak put together a solid drive and Roman Brockbank received a 5-yard pass from Bustamante to make it 28-7 with only 56 seconds left in the half.

To start the second half, the Wolfpack came out with a renewed energy, but Murrieta Valley's defense still denied them, this time with Fitzgerald intercepting the ball at the Nighthawk 40-yard line. The Wolfpack defense kept the Nighthawks in check on the next series, forcing a punt, but the kick was only 18 yards, setting up the Wolfpack offense with great field positions.

With 5:21 left in the third quarter, the Wolfpack put up a 32-yard field goal to make the score 28-10.

The Nighthawks answered swiftly and in big fashion as Maurice Bell caught a pass from Bachmeier at the 48-yard line and ran 52 yards for the score, making it 35-10.

"We came out and did what we had to do," MVHS coach George Wilson said. "It was a solid victory. I had a lot of specific (concerns) about this particular game that came out, but we took care of business.

"We are always looking to improve. We are getting better, that's for sure. It's pretty easy to get motivated now, because it's the playoffs coming up."

Ryan Mascarenas hauls in a 5-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Hank Bachmeier in Murrieta Valley's victory.

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