HS Football: Murrieta Valley Heads to Rancho Cucamonga to Face the Cougars Friday


Rancho Cucamonga is Undefeated and Ranked Number 10 in the Latest CIF Southern Section Division 1 Polls


Maurice Bell

14207802_1071216619634718_5298439547991777449_oMurrieta Valley has put last week’s 50-49 loss to Grandview behind them, and the Nighthawks are focused on Friday night’s match-up with Rancho Cucamonga. The Cougars may possibly be the toughest opponent that Murrieta Valley has faced thus far in the young season.

The Cougars are undefeated, with a 3-0 record and ranked 10th in the latest CIF Southern Section Football polls.. Rancho Cucamonga crushed Don Lugo 49-7 last week and has beaten Norco and Chaparral.


Marquis Spiker


Austin Bacher & the O Line

Junior Nick Acosta is behind center for the explosive Cougars offense. The junior has thrown for 588 yards and 7 touchdowns. His favorite receivers are seniors Javian Lofton, Thomas Graham Jr. and Tyree Baker. Senior Jaylon Redd moves the Cougars on the ground and has gained 444 yards on 54 carries and had scored 6 times. The defense is anchored by seniors Sam Malupo and Micah Mathews.

Murrieta Valley quarterback Hank Bachmeier leads the Nighthawk offense. The sophomore has passed for 889 yards and 9 TDs. Seniors Marquis Spiker, TJ Griffin and Junior Maurice Bell are Bachmeier’s favorite receivers.


Olita Palmer

The Nighthawks’ O Line has finally gelled and is protecting the quarterback as well as opening up huge holes for their 2 senior running backs,  dubbed “Thunder & Lightning”.  Austin Bacher is the “thunder” while Lita Palmer is the “lightning” in the MV backfield. Bacher has gained 243 yards on 40 carries and 6 TDs while Palmer has 186 yards on 24 carries and 5 TDs.

The Murrieta defense had their hands full last week against Grandview.  Linebacker coach Sean Cue insists that his crew will be ready to handle the volatile Cougar offense this Friday night. It’s definitely going to be a Playoff caliber game between these two teams.

Game time is 7 PM.

Photos by Mike Clary