HS Football: Murrieta Mesa Coasts to a 33-22 Victory over Redlands

Antonio January Runs for 201 Yards & 3 TDs while Benjamin Isaksen Kicks a Pair of Field Goals for the Rams

Murrieta Mesa improved it’s non-league record to 3-2 with a convincing 33-22 victory over Redlands Friday night. Junior wide receiver turned running back Antonio January gained 201 yards on the ground while senior Benjamin Isaksen kicked a pair of field goals for the Rams

Murrieta scored first on a 26 yard run by January in the opening minutes of the game. Redlands retaliated with an 11-play drive that ended when quarterback Samuel Washington hit Adam Valencia with a 5-yard touchdown pass. Washington struck again the next time the Terriers got the ball with a 62 yard touchdown pass to Deven Woods to take a 14-7 lead.

It was Isaksen’s turn to shine. The senior nailed his first field goal of the night from 21 yards out. Ram Quarterback Jose Ayala IV then tossed an 11 yard touchdown pass to Collin Layton to make it 17-14 at the half.

Murrieta Mesa struck again early in the third quarter. Layton recovered a fumble on the Redlands 32-yard line. This set up January’s second touchdown of the game, an 8 yard run.

January took the fight out of the Terriers when he broke loose with a 66 yard blast for a touchdown minutes later. Isaksen put the Rams final 3 points on the board with 7 minutes left in the game to put Murrieta ahead 33-14.

“We finished strong, but right now we are still trying to figure some things out and have to improve on execution,” said Murrieta Mesa Head Coach Darrel Turner. “We knew that we had to come out in the second half and play that best that we could.”

Quarterback Jose Ayala IV completed 12 of 20 passes for 176 yards for the Rams. The sophomore also ran for 69 yards on 10 carries.

January finished with 3 touchdowns, 201 rushing yards on 24 carries and hauled in three passes for 30 yards.

Andrew Morris led the Rams with four catches for 73 yards and Damian Thompson had three receptions for 63 yards.

Terriers Quarterback Samuel Washington went 16-34 for 289 yards for Redlands. Woods ended up catching five passes for 151 yards.

Murrieta Mesa will be home next Friday to face Vista Murrieta as Southwestern league play gets underway. The Broncos edged Loyola 8-0 last night. Redlands takes on Citrus Valley.

Redlands            14   0   0  8    22

Murrieta Mesa   7  10  13  3   33

Photos by Alica Salcedo