CIF SS Football: Murrieta Valley Defeats La Habra 63-42 as the Nighthawks Soar into the Division 2 Championship Game



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The Nighthawk’s Explosive Offensive Machine is All Tuned Up and Ready for Chino Hills 

15193669_1151253721631007_6394793127377341695_nMurrieta Valley exploded for 9 touchdowns and gained over 700 yards en route to a 63-42 victory over La Habra in Friday night’s Division 2 semifinal playoff game.

The Nighthawks were unstoppable, scoring on their first nine possessions behind their talented offensive line consisting of Juniors Clay Hatch , Anthony Pardue, Adam Meyer, sophomore Kimo Waiaiae and senior Tenoa Fedler.

15241974_1151253671631012_2302721192275814292_nThe offensive line was on fire tonight” said Nighthawk coach Andre Smith. “We talked about imposing our will… they did a pretty good job of that on the field tonight. It’s about us winning the line of scrimmage over the course of the game”.

Sophomore quarterback Hank Bachmeier threw five touchdowns and completed an amazing 23 of 27 passes for 319 yards. Running back Olita Palmer got the job done on the ground. The senior gained 272 yards on 38 carries and scored four rushing touchdowns and another one in the air.

15194558_1151253374964375_2529413727438806300_oJunior Marquis Spiker had six catches for three touchdowns and 79 yards. Senior Ryan Mascarenas caught the other TD pass from Bachmeier. Senior and team captain Maurice Bell suffered an apparent torn meniscus and had to leave the game after catching three passes on Murrieta’s opening drive.

15232064_1151253568297689_8970694983337359144_nThe Nighthawk defense made several key stops to ensure the victory but gave up six touchdowns and almost 500 yards against La Habra. “We would like to play better defense in big games like this” said Murrieta Valley Coach Sean Cue. “With an offense like ours there’s some room for error. We came up with big stops when we needed to, but I hope we can fix the little mistakes we made as we head into next week”.

15252622_1151253428297703_1747482131373638761_oBrandon Ramos was solid up front, and Joe Montoya had a good game as well. Kelly Coleman had a huge interception and we got a big fumble recovery towards the end. Tevin Teague played lights out last night” added Cue.

The Nighthawks actually trailed twice in the game. The Highlanders scored first and the two teams were trading touchdowns  into the second quarter when the Nighthawks pulled away. It was 42-28 at halftime. The Murrieta Valley defense gave up two more touchdowns in the third before finally shutting down La Habra in the fourth quarter. Murrieta would outscore the Highlanders 21-14 in the final half to go on to win it by a score of 63-42.

Junior quarterback Zach Fogel had a 44-yard touchdown run and threw for 302 yards and two TDs. Senior Prince Ross had an 80-yard touchdown run for the Highlanders.15203390_1151253854964327_1835590154148326153_n

Murrieta Valley will be home next Friday night to host San Clemente in the CIF Southern Section Division 2 Championship Game. The Tritons are 10-3 and finished second to Mission Viejo in the South Coast League. San Clemente beat Chino Hills in round one of the playoffs followed by victories over Heritage and Valencia.

Game time is scheduled for 7:30.

Photos by Mike Clary

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