The Nighthawks Focused on Getting the Job Done & Advancing to the Championship Game…One Game at a Time
Murrieta Valley heads north to Norco Friday night to battle the Cougars in round 2 of the CIF Southern Section Division 2 Playoffs. The Nighthawks made it to the quarterfinals last season but lost to Mission Viejo. This season they have been seeded second in Division 2 and Murrieta Valley is focused on going all the way and winning it all. The Nighthawks beat St. Bonaveture 63-34 in the playoff opener last week.
The Nighthawks are blessed with one of the youngest and best offensive lines in the Division. This group of guys make things happen for Murrieta Valley. Junior Clay Hatch is at center, junior Anthony Pardue is the right guard and beside him is junior Adam Meyer at tackle. sophomore Kimo Waiaiae is the left guard and the left tackle is senior Tenoa Fedler.
“We talked about imposing our will, and they did a pretty good job of that last week” said Line Coach Andre Smith. “These guys have done a good job of buying into the message,really starting to gel. They know it won’t get much easier from here on out, but there up for the challenge”.
Head Coach George Wilson utilized his O Line last week against the Seraphs to transform Murrieta Valley’s aerial attack into a powerful running offense. The O-Line opened up the holes for Murrieta’s two outstanding senior running backs. Lita Palmer gained 234 yards on 22 carries and scored 3-touchdowns while Austin Bacher ran for 57 and a score on just 6 touches. Quarterback Hank Bachmeier broke off runs for 56 yards and 2-touchdowns,
Bachmeier didn’t throw much against St. Bonnie. He only thre 12 passes and completed 9 of then for 125 yards. Junior wide receiver Marquis Spiker caught 5 passes for 89 yards and scored twice, seniors Maruice Bell and Ryan Mascarenas caught 2 passes each Watch for TJ Griffin to get involved in the action this week.
The Nighthawk defense gelled in the second half of last week’s game. After allowing the Seraphs to score 27 points in the first half, Murrieta Valley held St. Bonaventure to just a single touchdown for the rest of the game. Seniors Alex Schweitzer, Joe Montoya, Tevin Teauge, Sam Boggs, juniors Brandon Ramos and Trevor Whitehead anchor Murrieta Valley’s defense.
The Cougars beat Citrus Hill 35-32 last week behind quarterback Nick Lasher. The sophomore went 15-27 for 189 yards. He connected with junior Matae Thomas twice for touchdowns and Michael Thomas for another. Junior Jorge Alvarado is another dangerous receiver for Norco. Juior Travis Dye gained 263 yards on 21 carries and scored two touchdowns in the playoff opener.
Game time is currently scheduled for 7:30pm.
Photos by Mike Clary