Late Surge, Defense Lead Vista Murrieta to Victory

David Olson addresses his players after the Broncos defeated Madison High in Olson's first game as head coach. Photos by Aaron Rachma...

David Olson addresses his players after the Broncos defeated Madison High in Olson's first game as head coach.
Photos by Aaron Rachman

By Aaron Rachman
Correspondent


Vista Murrieta's defense came up big in the second half and the offense had two clutch scores late in the game to lead the Broncos to a 20-9 home victory over Madison High of San Diego in David Olson's head coaching debut Friday night.

Quarterback Karson Greeley threw a 16-yard touchdown pass to his brother Kade with about six minutes remaining to break a 6-6 tie and transfer student Jav Guidry ran for a TD moments later before a packed stadium. Madison quarterback Terrell Carter passed for 180 yards but had trouble moving the ball consistently against the Broncos.

"It's hard because we've always run zone read here and we kind of got away from it this year," said Olson, who served as Vista's defensive coordinator the last several years. "One of the things that happens now with the new contact rules and the way we play football is, you really don't play a simulated game until you play a game. And then you get that quarterback, who's something else.

"When you play a team that is so well-coached, it's hard to simulate what they do in practice. I told the kids I thought we'd give up some big plays. Once we kind of got into the speed of the game, we played much better."

The first quarter was a defensive battle between the teams and penalties killed both sides of the ball. Madison got the game started by moving 6 plays for a touchdown just 1:35 into the first quarter and a 6-0 lead. That held held up at the end of the period.

Momentum swung Vista's way when Keyon Ware-Hudson recovered a Madison fumble at the Broncos' own 34-yard line. Vista took advantage and marched the ball downfield for the TD pass from Karson Greeley to his brother Kade. Vista missed the extra point and the score at halftime was even at 6.

Kade Greeley and Khalil Shakir both had ankle issues in warmups but played key roles in the game anyway.

"They taped it up and gutted it out," Olson said. "Both played really well. Our offensive line is very young, but I was really proud of the way they pass protected in the first half.

"We pressure the quarterback but he sits back there nine, 10 yards and it's hard to get him. He throws the ball all over the place. I thought they made some really good adjustments to what we do. But our kids rallied and they just kept coming."

Vista Murrieta plays at home next week against Redondo Union.



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