Bachmeier has hot hand again in Murrieta Valley's rout

By Tim Sahar Murrieta Valley High School's football team has been on a roll lately, and the Nighthawks proved it again Friday night ...

By Tim Sahar

Murrieta Valley High School's football team has been on a roll lately, and the Nighthawks proved it again Friday night by dominating Temecula Valley, 62-6.

Throwing the football has been the Nighthawks’ strength all year long and Friday's game wasn’t any different. Quarterback Hank Bachmeier had a near perfect game, completing 8 of 9 passes for 220 yards with 3 touchdowns.

"He makes our offense go. He came out with good focus and was prepared this week," said MVHS coach George Wilson.

Aside from Bachmeier, Lika Palmer had himself a field day, rushing for 191 yards and 2 touchdowns on 12 carries. Also, Maurice Bell had five receptions for 122 yards and one touchdown.

The Nighthawks started off the game with a bang, thanks to an early first-quarter touchdown pass from Bachmeier to Bell. The quarterback-wide receiver duo quickly connected again in the beginning of their next drive for 47 yards, with Palmer capping it off on a 2-yard touchdown run.

Murrieta Valley was up 14-0 just two minutes into regulation.

The Nighthawks kept finding a way to pull through. When their next possession seemed to be over, Bachmeier was able to overcome it, turning a difficult third and 18 into a touchdown off a 29-yard run when almost all hope on the play was lost.

The Golden Bears simply had no answer for Murrieta Valley’s high-powered offense. The Nighthawks started a drive from their own 4-yard line, only to find themselves on Temecula Valley’s goal line just three plays later.

With so much noise regarding their offense, the Nighthawks’ defense becomes supremely underrated. Brock Berry and Kelly Coleman came up with big interceptions, while the defensive pass rushing from Kane Bowen, Tevin Teague and Jordan Holley were tenacious all night long.

Add all this up and it became an astounding 55-0 lead by halftime, with a fresh lineup of backups ready to start the second half for the Nighthawks.

Temecula Valley quarterback Shayne Oberhuber had a tough day, getting injured in the first quarter and never returning. Backup quarterback Zachary Simon played the rest of the way, finishing some nice plays with his legs and even stopping Murrieta Valley’s potential shutout with a 5-yard touchdown pass to John Miller in the fourth quarter.

Things were still looking good for the Nighthawks, however, as backup quarterback Kennedy Nolan found TJ Griffin on a 24-yard touchdown for the final exclamation point.

"There’s always things to improve on. We probably played better this week than we did last week, but it was our goal to get better," said Wilson.

Murrieta Valley (6-2) heads to Great Oak next week, as Temecula Valley (1-7) will host Vista Murrieta.


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