Vista Murrieta has no problem handling Crenshaw, 50-6

Quarterback Karson Greeley gets ready to call for the snap in Vista Murrieta's victory Friday night. Photo by Tim Sahar By Tim Sahar ...

Quarterback Karson Greeley gets ready to call for the snap in Vista Murrieta's victory Friday night.
Photo by Tim Sahar

By Tim Sahar

After a disappointing loss to JSerra Catholic last week, the Vista Murrieta High School football players came into Friday night's game motivated, revamped and ready to show why they’re a top-tier team, defeating Los Angeles Crenshaw, 50-6.

Special teams made a huge difference for the Broncos, with Khalil Shakir returning two punts for touchdowns.

Right from the opening kickoff, the Broncos began to dominate. Sophomore linebacker Jake Martinez utterly flipped Crenshaw’s Kaloni Ford like a pancake with a tackle, highlighting Vista’s intensity and getting the crowd booming right away.

Thereafter forcing a quick three and out by the Cougars, the Broncos’ first touch of the night went to Shakir, who ran the ball 50 yards into the end zone off a punt return. With another fast defensive stop on Crenshaw, Vista’s first possession ended on a 51-yard touchdown from senior running back Cole Dubots, who had missed the last four games. That put Vista on top, 13-0.

Crenshaw was able to answer this time, ending the first quarter with a 21-yard quarterback sneak touchdown from senior Daiyan Henley, decreasing Vista’s lead to seven. Henley had many breakaways with his feet in this contest, giving him 134 total yards and the Cougars’ only touchdown of the night.

Things started to pick up for Vista significantly in the second quarter, especially during the last six minutes. Dubots picked up a 77-yard breakaway touchdown, while another senior running back, Javelin Guidry, rushed for a 31-yard touchdown, extending the Broncos' lead to 26-6.

Crenshaw simply could not retaliate to the Broncos’ high-powered rushing attack and defensive fury against Henley, who ended up throwing his only interception to Kevin Hicks late in the second quarter. And with just under one minute left in the first half, senior quarterback Karson Greeley connected on a 36-yard touchdown pass, giving Vista Murrieta a commanding 33-6 halftime lead over the Cougars.

In the second half, Crenshaw kept on struggling while the Broncos continued to show off their standout players, with Khalil Shakir breaking away for 60 yards on yet another punt return touchdown.

"The main goal this week was special teams. That’s all we’ve been working on because it’s been kind of slow lately. Shout out to my blockers, because it was great," Shakir said.

Shakir finished with 155 return yards for two touchdowns and 4 catches for 40 yards. Greeley ended his night going 9 for 17 passing for 132 yards and a touchdown.

"It was a good effort all around," said Broncos coach David Olson. "We were trying to play a complete game. We were much better on special teams tonight."

Vista Murrieta will have a bye next week to prepare for its first league game on Oct. 7 against Murrieta Valley.

"Murrieta Valley is a really good team and they’re scoring a million points, so it’s going to be a good challenge," Olson said.


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