Murrieta Mesa wins league opener over Temecula Valley

By Tim Sahar Murrieta Mesa High School came out to play big, and the Rams torched Temecula Valley on Friday night, 42-7. Once again, the...

By Tim Sahar

Murrieta Mesa High School came out to play big, and the Rams torched Temecula Valley on Friday night, 42-7.

Once again, the Rams (4-2) were led by a fast-paced running game, in large part due to Kai Thompson, who rushed for 136 yards and 3 touchdowns and caught 5 passes for one touchdown.

"As long as our coaches and O line keep moving, I’m moving too," Thompson said.

The tone was set by the Rams early on in the night, after they recovered a fumble and quickly scored on a 2-yard run by Thompson. In this outing, it was more than just Thompson making a bulk of the plays offensively, however. The Rams got real effective play from quarterback Jeff Miller, who completed 12 of 16 passes for 135 yards and one touchdown.

Miller seemed as calm and poised as he’s ever been, shredding a Temecula Valley defense that could not touch him all game long.

The Rams’ defense played incredible too, getting big-time fumble recoveries from Brian Bae and Bradley Strate, as well as an interception from Giovanni Sanders.

Sanders seemed to be everywhere. He scored Mesa’s first punt return touchdown of the year after a 55-yard run and also caught 4 passes for 43 yards.

The Rams had an imperious second quarter, outscoring the Golden Bears 21-0 after being tied up 7-7 in the first quarter.

"Tonight I think it was a team effort. That was our first touchdown run off a punt; even our special teams came," coach Darrel Turner said. "The biggest thing with this team is that they believe. We want to keep the momentum going."

There was not much else the Golden Bears were able to do on offense, besides an impressive 44-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Shayne Oberhuber to Zachary Simon.

Sophomore tackle Collin Layton even got some offensive action late in the second half, scoring a 1-yard touchdown to basically wrap up the game

Next week will be the Rams’ biggest game yet, as they take on rival Vista Murrieta (4-2) at home, who just lost a tough one to Murrieta Valley Friday night.

"We’re going to go out there and do our best. I need to get my kids to believe we can beat anybody," Turner said on next week's showdown against Vista.

Turner served as an assistant coach at Vista Murrieta for three seasons prior to taking the head coaching job at Murrieta Mesa last April.






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