HS Football: Vista Murrieta Beats Loyola 8-0 as the Defense Shines Friday Night

Josh Baron Nails 2 Field Goals and Marcus Nguyen’s Blocked Punt Results in a Safety for the Broncos

The Vista Murrieta defense rose to the occasion and shutout Loyola 8-0 Friday night. The Broncos were so dominate and intimidating that they forced the Loyola to punt on their first ten drives. The victory was the Broncos second in a row and improved their record to 3-2 as they ended their non-league schedule.

Junior Josh Baron nailed two field goals for the Broncos. His first one in the opening quarter and his second, a 36 yard beauty with less than five minutes left in the game.

Vista Murrieta also scored when sophomore Marcus Nguyens blocked a Loyola punt that turned into a safety for the Broncos in the third quarter.

The Bronco defense only allowed Loyola into Vista Murrieta territory just five times Friday night. Each time, the Broncs shut the Loyala offense down. They forced three punts and took the ball away twice with two interceptions in the fourth quarter.

There were plenty of stars on the Vista Murrieta. Senior Samuela Mo’unga ignited the defense and led the team with 17 tackles. Seniors Brock Berry an Nathan Bolton had 6 tackles each and junior Travis Johnson added 5.

Bolton, an outside linebacker and defensive tackle. also had 3 huge sacks for the Broncos.

Senior cornerback Lavell Harris and Berry, who plays outside linebacker made key key interceptions in the fourth quarter to put an end to Cubs drives. Juniors Peni Masiva and Johnson also came up with sacks for the Broncos.

“Our defense played fast. They are learning the scheme, they believe in themselves, and they are making incremental adjustments each week” said Vista Murrieta coach Eric Peterson. “When things don’t go the way you want, you have to make adjustments.”

Broncos quarterback Michael Jimenez orchestrated the Vista Murrieta offense. The senior rushed for 107 yards on 25 carries and completed 10 of 17 passes for 83 yards. Senior wide receiver Alex Hill hauled in seven passes for 76 yards.





Loyola quarterback Nathan Priestley was 13 for 32 for 100 yards.

Vista Murrieta will face Murrieta Mesa next week as they begin their Southwestern league schedule. The Rams are 3-2 and beat Redlands 33-22 last Friday night.

Loyola battles Alemany this week.

Photos by Willie Shippen