Vista Murrieta Celebrates Senior Night With Big Victory

Vista Murrieta running back Kyle Williams was joined by his parents on the field during Senior Night on Friday. Photo by Aaron Rachman By A...

Vista Murrieta running back Kyle Williams was joined by his parents on the field during Senior Night on Friday.
Photo by Aaron Rachman

By Aaron Rachman

Vista Murrieta High School won big Friday night against Temecula Valley, 55-20, taking home its seventh straight Southwestern League football title.

Junior running back Cole Dubots finished with three touchdown runs and senior Kyle Williams was a star on special teams again, returning a kickoff 98 yards for a touchdown and a punt 52 yards for another score. That helped the Broncos improve their record to 9-1 overall heading into the CIF Southern Section playoffs next week.

It was an emotional night for Williams, who was joined on the field by his parents during pregame activities on Senior Night.

"Coming into the game, Senior Night really hit me hard," Williams said. "Being out there with my mom and dad ... my regular season is over, but we still have the playoffs. It give me chills, but hopefully we've still got a long season ahead of us."

Vista came out strong in the first quarter when Dubots ran it in for a 20-yard touchdown run. He later added a 47-yard run for a touchdown and a third touchdown of 6 yards. Vista was up 21-0 in the first quarter.

"Today he broke off some very nice runs to get us started," Vista coach Coley Candaele said about Dubots. "He's been very consistent. No matter what the game is, he's going to play the same way."

Candaele also had praise for Williams, who is dangerous when he finds running room.

"In the open field, you definitely want to get the ball to Kyle -- whether it be punt returns, screens, or kickoff returns," Candaele said. "Any way you can get him the ball, good things are going to happen."

With Vista Murrieta up 28-0 in the second quarter, Temecula Valley finally got on the board with a touchdown. Vista added another touchdown with junior quarterback Karson Greeley hitting Ricky Adams for a 6-yard TD pass. Vista led 41-7 at the half.

Temecula Valley got on the board again the third quarter, but it was a little too late for the visitors to get back into this game. Vista added two more touchdowns from its second- and third-string players in the second half. Gabe Castaneda and Houston Cantong scored the TDs.

Vista Murrieta will play its first-round playoff game next Friday against an opponent to be determined on Sunday morning.

"This week was all about finishing the league season strong and getting playing time for a lot of kids who have been practicing real hard, to show what they can do," Candaele said. "They got to play a whole half. It's tough when you have 63 seniors you've got to try to rotate in. They've all been there every day to practice, so they deserve to play as much as anybody.

"We have to fix a bunch of things before we get into the playoffs, because it's do or die there. You can't have a bad week. This was our last hurrah here; now the real chase begins."

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