The Nighthawks Looking to Capture their First Southwestern League Championship since 2005
Murrieta Valley will end the 2016 Regular season against Murrieta Mesa at home Friday night. The Nighthawks are 4-0 and in first place in the Southwestern League and are looking to finish the season with a huge victory over the Rams. Murrieta Mesa is focused on beating their long time cross town rival for the first time in school history.
Ram’s Coach Darrell Turner has two talented quarterbacks he can utilize against MVHS. The Rams started Connor Saludares last week and the senior threw for 191-yards and 2 touchdowns. He also gives the Rams offense another dimension in his ability to run. Junior Jeff Miller has recovered from his concussion and is also available.
Seniors Mason Meadors, Kollin D’Flore, Brian Bae and Bradley Strate anchor the Rams defense with junior Jordon Atkinson. Sophomore Collin Layton leads Mesa with 7 sacks and Gio Sanders has come up with 3 interceptions for the Ram Defense.
“I am very proud of our team through the year. One overall characteristic we’ve displayed this season is perseverance” said Coach Turner. “Throughout the season, they have fought and believed we could win each contest and that has kept us in a position to win each game”.
Hank Bachmeier is the spark that ignites Murrieta Valley’s explosive offense. The sophomore quarterback has thrown 148 completions for 2533-yards and 29 touchdowns. His three favorite receivers are junior Marquis Spiker who has 50 recptions for 1036 yards and 14 TD s, Seniors Maruice Bell (55 catches, 863 yards, 7 TD s) and TJ Griffin ( 29 catches, 466 yards and 6 TD s).
The Nighthawks are blessed with the youngest and best offensive line in the league. This group of guys makes things happen gor Murrieta Valley. Junior Clay Hatch is at center, junior Anthony Pardue is the right guard and beside him is sophomore Lute Fedler at tackle. Junior Adam Myer is the left guard and the right tackle is senior Tenoa Fedlaer.
The line not only protects Bachmeier, but they open up the holes for Murrieta’s two outstanding senior running backs. Lita Palmer has 1155 yards on 137 carries while Austin Bacher has gained 587 yards on 100 touches.
The Nighthawk defense has come together and gelled into a tough unit since Southwestern League play has begun. Seniors Alex Schweitzer, Tevin Teauge, Sam Boggs and junior Trevor Whitehead anchor Murrieta Valley’s defense. Seniors Tanner Hoyt, Kelley Coleman and sophomore Brock Berry each have two interceptions for the Nighthawks.
Murrieta Valley 4-0
Vista Murrieta 3-1
Great Oak 3-1
Murrieta Mesa 2-2
Temecula Valley 0-4