Bronco Defense Shines
The Bronco Defense Shines Once Again as they Shutout the Sea Hawks
New Vista Murrieta Head Coach Dave Olson celebrated his second victory at the helm of the Broncos. Murrieta was simply dominated both sides of the ball as they crushed Redondo Union 31-0 in front of a thrilled home town crowd.
The Broncos wasted no time this week as they jumped out to a 14-0 lead in the first quarter. “Last week we didn’t play very well in the first half, and I wanted them to come out with an attitude tonight,” said Coach Olson. “I was happy with the way that they responded.”
And Vista Murrieta responded in Bronco fashion. The tenacious Bronco defense kept the Sea Hawks off balance and unable to move the ball effectively all night long. The Blue and Gold scored again in the second period and Olson and his team had a comfortable 21-0 lead going into the locker room at halftime.
Running back Gabe Castandena stepped up and moved the chains on the ground and in the air for Murrieta. The little known senior carried the ball 10 times and gained 82 yards against a tough Redondo Union defense. Castandena also caught two touchdown passes from quarterback Karson Greeley. The first was a 20 yard toss in the first quarter to put them up 7-0.
Junior Khalil Shakir made it 14-0 later in the quarter when he returned a punt 48 yards into the end zone for the score. Greeley added seven more on a quarterback keeper from 35 yards out and it was 21-0 at the half.
The punishing Bronco defense took care of the rest. The Broncos suffocated the Sea Hawks offense again in the second half while the offense scored 10 more points.
Greeley connected with Castandena again in the third quarter and the Broncos were up 28-0. Senior Kane Page nailed a 31 yard field goal for Murrieta’s final score.
The Broncos will face Santiago from the Big VIII next week in Corona. The Sharks are 1-1 this season and are coming off a 41-10 victory over Citrus Hill. Santiago lost their opening game to Murrieta Valley 55-31.
The Sea Hawks are now 1-1 and are headed to San Pedro to face the 1-1 Pirates.