HS Football: Centennial Beats Murrieta Valley 77-34 as the Nighthawks’s Magical Season Ends

The Huskie Running Game Unstoppable as the Nighthawks Fall in the CIF SS Division 1 Quarterfinal 

Murrieta Valley’s Magical Season came to an end Friday. Centennial’s running game overpowered the Nighthawks and cruised to a 77-34 victory in the CIF Southern Section Division 1 Quarterfinals. Centennial’s offensive line dominated the line of scrimmage as the Huskies gained 603 yards on the ground and decimated the Murrieta Valley defense.

The one bright spot for the Nighthawks was wide receiver Marquis Spiker. The senior caught 2 touchdown passes to add to his State of California Record for Career touchdowns. Spiker has finished his high school career with 72 TDs which broke Los Angeles Cathedral’s Earvin Johnson’s record that was set in 2000. Spiker did not play in the second half after suffering a collarbone injury.

Both starting quarterbacks also sat out the second half. Centennial’s Tanner McKee was knocked out of the game in the second quarter by Murrieta Valley’s Brock Berry and Nighthawks quarterback Hank Bachmeier suffered an ankle injury and also sat was out the second half. Jordan Murry replaced Bachmeier behind center and ran the Nighthawk offense for the remainder of the game. 

The game plan didn’t change all that much after Tanner was injured,” said Centennial Head Coach Matt Logan. “We figured we had an advantage with our offensive line against their front seven. The only real difference with Tanner out was making sure we were being efficient.”

Back up quarterback Arturo Herrera replaced McKee. He immediately threw an interception as Gabriel Damico took the ball 32 yards for a touchdown. It was Herrera’s only mistake of the night. Herrera guided the Huskies to 28 points in the second half as Centennial beat the Nighthawks 77-44.

Thomas Kinslow was simply unstoppable for Centennial. Kinslow finished with 221 yards and scored five touchdowns. He did all this on just 10 carries. Octavio Cortes gained 165 yards on 17 carries, and Herrera ran the ball 14 times for 128 yards.

Centennial advances to face St. John Bosco in next Friday night’s CIF Southern Section Division 1 Semi-final showdown. The Braves ran all over Rancho Cucamonga 55-28 in last night’s quarterfinal match.

Murrieta Valley ended the 2017 season with a record of 9-3.The Nighthawks won the Southwestern league Championship for the second consecutive year. Murrieta Valley Coach George Wilson is already planning ahead for next season.

Photos by Mike Clary