The Big Showdown for The Southwestern League Crown between Vista Murrieta & Murrieta Valley is this Friday
By Jennifer Sevilla
Week 9 was quite the spectacle to behold in the Southwestern league with two of the three games coming down to the wire. Murrieta Mesa took Murrieta Valley to the brink, after the teams combined to score 47 points in the fourth quarter alone.
Nighthawk quarterback Hank Bachmeier tied a CIF-southern section record for career touchdowns at 152. He is tied with J.T. Daniels of Mater Dei, who now starts at the University of Southern California. Can he break the record against arch rival Vista Murrieta this week?
Chaparral extends its amazing 13 game win streak versus cross town rival Temecula Valley. The Pumas intercepted a Golden Bear pass to seal the win with 20 seconds remaining.
Vista Murrieta hosted Great Oak and right away things got away from the Wolfpack. Great Oak received the opening kickoff and was intercepted by the Broncos secondary at the 47 yard line. The Broncos went on to score on their first offensive series of the night.
After the kickoff, Vista Murrieta picked off another Great Oak pass and ran it back for a touchdown. Great Oak had a really hard time gathering any momentum throughout the game against the tough Bronco defense.
Down 38-0 at the half, Great Oak eventually succumbed to the Vista Murrieta 51-0. Next week Vista Murrieta travels to Murrieta Valley to fight for the league championship and the Murrieta City Championship. Both teams are 4-0 in league play. Next week Great Oak hosts Chaparral.
Murrieta Valley hosted Murrieta Mesa in what turned out to be a barn burner of a game. The Rams received the opening kickoff and got into Nighthawk territory before turning over the ball on downs to the Nighthawk offense. The Nighthawks drove to the 3 yard line before Josh Archer drove the ball in from the 3 yard line the missed extra point made it 6-0.
The Rams punted away their ensuing possession paving the way for an eventual 10 yard Hank Bachmeier pass to Jack Yari for a touchdown.
Down 13-0, the Rams drove to the Nighthawk 6 yard line and ran it in for the score, with the extra kick the score was 13-7. The Nighthawks then went on to score two unanswered touchdowns against the Rams making the score 27-7. With just under a minute left in the half the Rams scored on a 20 yard pass making the score 27-14. However, the Nighthawk fumbled the ensuing kickoff and allowed the Rams to score a field goal making the score 27-17.
Bachmeier came out strong in the second half scoring on a 20 yard pass to Emilio Valencia to open the second half, making the score 34-17. After an exchange of possessions the Rams recovered a Nighthawk fumble near the Nighthawk’s 20 yard line. The Rams ended up kicking a field goal making the score 34-20.
At the beginning of the fourth quarter the Nighthawks Corrie Johnson ran in from 3 yards out, with the extra point the Nighthawk extended the lead 41-20. With just under 10 minutes to play in the game and down 21 points the Rams showed their resiliency in the Austin Cochren led comeback attempt. Cochren threw a 30 yard completion for a touchdown to Collin Desroberts, the missed extra point made the score 41-26 with under 9 minutes to play.
The Nighthawks fumbled away the ball on the kickoff, which paved the way for a 31 yard Cochren pass for a touchdown to Desmin Jackson, after the successful extra point the score was 41-33. On the ensuing Nighthawk drive, Chad Ortega intercepted a Bachmeier pass at the Nighthawk 29 yard line. The play set up a 29 yard touchdown pass from Cochren to Damien Thompson for a touchdown.
The Rams went for two points to tie the game but were stopped making the score 39-41. With about 8 minutes remaining in the game, Bachmeier came on to the field and led a 4 minute drive which culminated in a 12 yard Bachmeier to Yari touchdown pass, with the successful extra point the score was 48-39.
With 4 minutes to go the Rams were far from out of it. On the ensuing drive Jaden Dillon intercepted a Ram pass at their 20 yard line, however, a Nighthawk fumble game the ball back to the Rams at the Nighthawk 29 yard line with under 2 minutes remaining.
The Rams scored on a 7 yard run, with the successful extra point the score was 46-48. The Nighthawk recovered the onside kick and ran out the clock.
This Friday night, the Nighthawks host the Broncos for what will be the Southwestern league Championship game and their own City Championship. The Nighthawk are the two time defending champions and led by Hank Bachmeier who always seems to come up big when they need him. The Rams will travel to Temecula Valley.
Chaparral hosted Temecula Valley and regardless of the teams records this game almost never disappoints. With the win, Chaparral now holds a 13 game win streak versus Temecula Valley. The Pumas also have an opportunity next week to win the Temecula city championship with a victory over Great Oak.
The Bears started out the game with an onside kick over the first line and recovered the ball near the Pumas 45 yard line. Easton Gibbs received the ball in what looked line a designed run before setting up and throwing a pass in the end zone to Cade Churchward for a touchdown after the successful extra point Temecula Valley led 7-0.
Temecula Valley attempted a squib kick on the ensuing kickoff which landed in the waiting hands of Jordan White who raced up the sideline for an 80 yard score and the extra point was good tying the score at 7 a piece.
Both teams exchanged possession before Easton Gibbs received the snap and dashed up the right hash for a 55 yard score, the successful extra point made it 14-7 for the Golden Bears. After both teams exchanged possessions, the Pumas tied the score at 14 after a 1 yard Orlando Ornelas run up the middle.
The Bears wasted little time in regaining the lead, 5 plays after receiving the kickoff Gibbs ran 45 yards up the left hash for a touchdown making the score 21-14. With about three minutes remaining in the half, Chaparral took full advantage of a missed Golden Bears field goal. The Pumas were able to tie the game at 21 after a 10 yard TD run by Ornelas.
The Second half began with both teams exchanging possessions before Gibbs struck again, this time with a 65 yard sprint up the right hash for the score to make it 28-21, once again recapturing the lead for the Bears.
After several possession changes Chaparral regained the momentum after Ornelas completed a 20 yard pass to Jordan White to tie the score at 28. Chaparral pooch kicked the ensuing kickoff which bounced off a Bear and recovered by the Pumas at the Bears 35 yard line.
Seizing the huge momentum shift, Ornelas on two separate run plays got Chaparral to the 2 yard line. Elgin Vasquez Capped the drive with a 2 yard dive up the middle and Chaparral took the lead 35-28. Temecula ended up with the ball at their 23 yard line with under two minutes to play. Gibbs drove the Bears to the Pumas 40 yard line with under a minute to play.
On the ensuing play Gibbs rolls left and has Chaparral linebacker Tristan Ramirez barreling down at him, Gibbs heaved a pass toward the end zone and Chaparrals Jemmar Robinson literally leapt into action and came up with the game sealing interception at the 5 yard line and ensuring the win for Chaparral.
Next week Chaparral travels to Great Oak on a Thursday night game for the City Championship. Temecula Valley will host Murrieta Mesa.
Vista Murrieta, 4-0, 7-2 Overall
Murrieta Valley. 4-0, 6-3 Overall
Murrieta Mesa, 2-2, 5-4 Overall
Chaparral, 1-2, 6-3 Overall
Temecula Valley, 1-2, 4-5 Overall
Great Oak, 0-4, 1-8 Overall
Photos by Jennifer Sevilla, Willie Shippen, Mike Clary & Alicia Salcedo