HS Football: Murrieta Mesa Wins a Wild Overtime Victory at Valley View 59-58


Valley View’s 2 Point Conversion to Win the Game Fails as the Rams Hang On for the Victory

It was a wild one and also a school record for Murrieta Mesa. There were 117 points scored in Friday night’s overtime 59-58 victory over Valley View. It was the final two points that the Eagles didn’t score that mattered most. The final 2 point conversion that Valley View attempted was turned away by the Ram Defense to win the game.

Valley View jumped out to a 21-17 lead in the first quarter and increased it to 31-24 by the half, The Rams came storming back in the third period tie it all up 38-38. Both teams scored twice in the fourth quarter to st up the overtime period.

Mesa had the first possession in the qvertime period. The Rams drove down to the 2-yard line and quarterback Jeff Miller scored on a keeper. Nick Sibilla’s PAT kick put the Rams up, 59-52.Valley View running back Rudy Lovato made it a one point game with his second TD of the Night. Then, the Rams defense stopped Justin Keeling’s two point attempt.

Keeling had run all over the Rams all night long. He gained a whopping 306 yards on 36 carries. He scored 3 touchdowns. Robert Heiermann grabbed eight passes for 97 yards and also ran back a 95-yard kickoff return for a touchdown. Jacob Barlage completed 12 of 22 passes for 142 yards and two touchdowns.

Murrieta Mesa quarterback Jeff Miller was 25 for 40 for 333 yards in the victory. He threw one pick. Gio Sanders hauled in 8 passes and a score for 137 yards, Cayden Chambers caught 6 for 70 yards and Miller found Kai Thompson 5 times for 52 yards. McQuire Zierold scored on a 8 yard pass.

Thompson also gained 190 yards on 33 carries and scored twice. Christian Shakir-ricks had a 35 yard run for a touchdown and also scored n a 21 yard pass from Miller. Nick Sibilla nailed a 25 yard field goal and was a perfect 8 for 8 in PAT’s. Jeremiah Queen intercepted a pass and took it 24 yards into the end zone.

Our kids showed tremendous heart and resilience tonight,” Mesa coach Darrel Turner said. “Our offense played their butts off. It’s just the way we’re doing it…we’re winning and winning convincingly.”

Murrieta Mesa is a perfect 5-0 as they finish their non-league schedule. The Rams have the week off as they prepare for their Southwesten league opener against Temecula Valley on Friday October 6th. The Golden Bears have yet to win for their new head coach Lenny Dykes.

Valley View  21  10  7  14  6 — 58

Murrieta Mesa 17  7  14  14  7 — 59

Photos by Trisha Sanders

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