HS Football: Vista Murrieta Beats Murrieta Mesa 31-6 in Southwestern League Opener

Quarterback Robert Coleman Runs for Two Touchdowns to Lead the Broncos over the Rams

Vista Murrieta began it’s pursuit to regain the Southwestern League Crown last night as the Broncos beat the Rams at Murrieta Mesa 31-6 on the opening night of league play. The Broncos defense continued their harassment of opposing offenses and nearly pulled off a shutout Friday night.

The Rams managed to score twice against the Broncos. Both scores came in the fourth quarter on field goals from Benjamin Isaksen.

“It’s great to get the win, but we know that we have a long way to go,” Vista Murrieta coach Eric Peterson said. “I didn’t think that we had a Bronco demeanor at all times tonight, but we are going to go back and make the improvements and adjustments that we need.”

Vista Murrieta jumped out to a 7-0 lead in the first quarter. Bronco quarterback Robert Coleman orchestrated a 89-yard drive from their own 11 yard line. Coleman ended the drive with n 11-yard keeper for a touchdown.

The Murrieta Mesa defense played tough and held the Broncos to a 25-yard field goal by junior Joshua Baron in the second quarter. The score was 10-0 at halftime.

The Broncos offense got ignited on the first play of the second half. Senior Theo Gearring fielded a short kickoff and raced 70 yards into the end zone for a touchdown. The Broncos scored again in the third quarter on a 4 yard run.

Coleman scored his second touchdown of the evening for Vista Murrieta with eight minutes left in the game in the fourth quarter. Final score Broncos 31, Rams 6.

The Bronco quarterback rushed for 108 yards on 11 carries and scored twice. He completed 8 of 17 passes for 85 yards. Senior Theo

Gearring gained 72 yards on eight carries. Senior wide receiver Rickie Johnson led the Broncos with three receptions for 47 yards.

Quarterback Joseph Ayala IV led Murrieta Mesa on the ground with 40 yards on nine carries. The sophomore completed 7 of 16 passes or 82 yards. Junior Damian Thompson caught 3 passes for 50 yards for the Rams, while junior Reshawn Burleson hauled in four catches for 32 yards.

Southwestern League play continues next week as Vista Murrieta will be home to host Chaparral. The Pumas are 5-1 but lost their league opener to Murrieta Valley 51-16 last night.

Murrieta Mesa hopes to get back on track when they host Great Oak. The Wolfpack lost to a revitalized Temecula Valley 21-6 Friday.

Vista Murrieta   7  3  14  7   31

Murrieta Mesa  0  0  0   6    6

Photos by Alicia Salcedo