HS Football: Santaigo Stuns Murrieta Valley 42-27 in Season Opener

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 would outscore Murrieta Valley 21-7 in the final quarter. Two painful turnovers led to Shark scores.

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.

For Santiago, Castillo passed for159 yards with 2 interceptions. He also ran for 70 yards. Gargalis caught 3 passes for a total of 95 yards.

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