The Nighthawks Seek to Challenge Perennial Southwestern League Champion Vista Murrieta in 2016
Murrieta Valley finished the 2015 season with a 9-3 overall record. The Nighthawks surprised Southwestern League opponents and were 4-1 in league play finishing second to Vista Murrieta. The Nighthawks went on to beat Fountain Valley in the opening round of the CIF SS Playoffs and then fell to Mission Viejo, the eventual Division Champion.
Murrieta Valley Head Coach George Wilson was pleased with last year’s effort but believes that the Nighthawks can be even better the program develops. Helping him and the Nighthawks get there is an experienced, dedicated coaching staff.
Pete Duffy is Murrieta Valley’s Offensive Coordinator. Duffy started coaching in 1995 as the Head Coach for Fremont High School. He held the same position at West Valley High before taking the helm at Rancho Verde. He will personally coach the Nighthawk Quarterbacks.
The Offensive Line is coached by Andre Smith. Terelius Wright is the new Running Backs coach. The Slot Receivers are the responsibility of Shawn Sams and the Wide Receivers-belong to Lynn Taylor.
Murrieta Valley’s Defensive Coordinator is Stan Hunt. Hunt was the Nighthawks Defensive Coordinator way back in 2001 through 2005, before leaving to coach the defensive line and help build Corona Centennial into a powerhouse. Before returning to MVHS he was Co -Head Coach at Chaparral.
Hunt’s staff consists of Jaime Zarate who returns as the Defensive Line coach, Outside Linebacker Coach Sean Cue and Willie Newton who is responsible for the Cornerbacks. Mynor Schult has moved from Chaparral to coach the Inside Linebackers while Mike Almodovar is now out of the box and on the field coaching the safeties.
Asked about this year’s goals, Wilson simply replied “we want to compete for a championship every year”. The Nighthawks begin the season against the Sharks on August 26th at Santiago. Game time is 7PM.
Murrieta Valley 2016 Football Schedule
8/26 Santiago AWAY
9/9 Grandview HOME
9/16 Rancho Cucamonga AWAY
9/23 Oaks Christian AWAY
10/7 Vista Murrieta HOME
10/14 Chaparral AWAY
10/21 Temecula Valley HOME
10/28 Great Oak AWAY
11/4 Murrieta Mesa HOME