Vista Murrieta Shakes Off Injuries, Dominates Santiago

With Vista Murrieta on the 3-yard line, quarterback Karson Greeley (center) prepares to go over the top for a touchdown. Photo by Aaron R...

With Vista Murrieta on the 3-yard line, quarterback Karson Greeley (center) prepares to go over the top for a touchdown.
Photo by Aaron Rachman

By Aaron Rachman

Quarterback Karson Greeley led the Vista Murrieta High School offense to a big win over host Santiago High of Corona Friday night, 41-13.

Dealing with injuries that have sidelined running back Cole Dubots and wide receivers Kade Greeley and Dominique Williams, the Broncos (3-0) fought back after giving up a quick score, then finished strong in a physical game that featured its share of penalties and ejections of two players.

Santiago (1-2) came out with a quick touchdown two minutes into the game, but it was all Vista after that. Javelin Guidry, filling in for the injured Dubots, scored the Broncos' first touchdown on a 44-yard run. He later returned an interception 26 yards for a score.

Zack Arceyut, filling in at wide receiver because of the injuries, caught a 67-yard touchdown pass from Karson Greeley late in the first quarter to give the Broncos a 14-13 lead. Greeley wasn't done yet. He scored on a quarterback keeper from 3 yards out to increase the Vista lead to 21-13.

"That's football," Vista Murrieta coach David Olson said about the injuries. "You're always going to have guys out. We have talked from the beginning that it's going to take all of us. There's a reason there's 100 guys on the sideline.

"Zack made a couple really big catches, went to the house once, and did a really nice job. There was a lot of really positive things, especially on the offensive side of the ball."

Olson, formerly the defensive coordinator, was somewhat less complimentary of the defense.

"I told the kids at one point, we hadn't given up a first down and we'd given up two touchdowns," Olson said. "That's us being sloppy. We're an aggressive, blitzing team, and when we get sloppy, we can get hit pretty quick."

Late in the second quarter, Vista did get a big interception return from Jaylin White for a 24-yard touchdown. Vista's last score of the half was a 13-yard pass from Greeley to Arceyut. The Broncos led at the half, 34-13.

The only score of the second half came when Gabe Castenada ran for 11 yards for a touchdown.

Next week, Vista Murrieta plays a Thursday night game against JSerra Catholic High at Saddleback College.

"Karson is doing a really good job of spreading the ball out," Olson said about his quarterback. "And when he needs to, he takes off and runs. He brings a lot to the game.

"I always look at things from the defensive side, and I wouldn't want to defend against our offense."

Vista Murrieta coach David Olson talks to his players after Friday night's victory.
Photo by Aaron Rachman

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