The Sharks Devour the Nighthawks with a 21 Point Outburst in the Fourth Quarter
Murrieta Valley had a sense of Deja Vu last night. They lost to Santiago in last year’s Season Opener 30-28 . This year, the Sharks took control of the game in the final quarter to hand the Nighthawks a convincing 42-27 loss Friday night.
Murrieta’s offense stalled in the fourth quarter. A recovered fumble and a big interception by Marcus Nesby sealed the Nighthawks fate.
The game started with Vincent Pacleb rushing for a 22 yard touchdown in the first quarter. The 5-foot-6, 160 pound running back just couldn’t be stopped Friday night, running for 183 yards and four touchdowns.
In the second quarter, Murrieta Valley quarterback Hank Bachmeier threw a long pass to Taliq Brown to the Santiago 17-yard line. Moments later Bachmeier took it in with a 4 yard keeper. The kick was blocked and it was 7-6.
Santiago countered as Pacleb scored his second touchdown, this time on a 42 yard run. Bachmeier scored again with a 3 yard run to make it 14-13 at the half.
The Murrieta Valley quarterback came out slinging in the third quarter. Bachmeier hit Jordan Murry with a 6 yard pass for a score. Murrieta Valley took the lead 19-14. The Sharks turned once again to Pacleb. He scored on a 14 yard run to make it 19-20 as the third quarter ended.
Santiago quarterback Nathan Castillo hit Jaron Gargalis with a 70-yard touchdown pass. Castillo then took off on a 30 yard run for a score. Finally, Pacleb would score his final TD with a 30 yard run to make it 42-20.
Bachmeier would score again late in the fourth quarter on a 7 yard run. He finished with 21 completed passes out of 33 for 310 yards. He also ran for 46 yards and 3 touchdowns.
Murry hauled in 10 passes for 109 yards for Murrieta Valley. Junior Corrie Johnson led the Nighthawks with 85 yards on 21 carries.
Santiago suits up against Rancho Verde next week. Murrieta Valley will take a week off before facing the Cajon Cowboys on August 21.
Santiago 7 7 7 21 42
MVHS 0 13 7 7 27
Photos by Mike Clary