HS Football: Temecula Valley Defeats Great Oak 21-6 in Friday Night’s Southwestern League Opener

Backup Quarterback Zach Cutka Throws 3 Touchdowns & the Golden Bears Defense Gets the Job Done Friday Night

Temecula Valley missed three easy field goals and had two touchdowns called back due to penalties in a frustrating 21-6 Southwestern league opening night victory over Great Oak Friday night.

The tenacious Golden Bear defense kept the Wolfpack at bay and only allowed Great Oak to score just once all night.

“ It feels really good to get that win but only because of how important it was for the playoff picture” said Temecula Valley new Head Coach Bert Esposito. “I felt we really played well most of the time on both sides of the ball, but we still show signs of inconsistency. It was tough to watch 2 touchdowns called back and missing 3 easy field goals”.

The Golden Bears scored touchdowns in the first, second and fourth quarters to beat the Wolfpack. The Golden Bear defense limited Great Oak to just one touchdown in the second quarter.

“Also, our backup quarterback Zach Cutka stepped up, playing consistent and getting the win. All this without starting quarterback Easton Gibbs was outstanding said Esposito. Brody Hughes played outstanding on both sides of the ball as well as special teams. Many outstanding performances by the defense. Just a great overall effort”.

Cutka made the most of his start Friday night. The junior completed 14 of 22 passes for 157 yards. He threw 3 touchdown passes and ran for 38 yards.

Juniors Logan Moreno, Brody Hughes and Cade Churchward each hauled in a Cutka pass for touchdowns. Moreno also led Temecula in rushing with 69 yards on 18 carries.

Junior Anson Pulsipher caught 5 passes for 38 yards for the Golden Bears. Hughes and Churchward had 3 catches apiece.





Temecula Valley is 4-2 this season and will clash with Southwestern league rival Murrieta Valley this week. The Nighthawks crushed Chaparral 51-16 Friday night.

The Wolfpack’s record falls to 1-5. Great Oak will now prepare for their match against Murrieta Mesa. The Rams enter the Southwestern match with a 3-3 record after losing to Vista Murrieta 31-6.

Great Oak                0  6  0  0   6

Temecula Valley    7   7  0  7   21

Photos by Rudolfo Castillo