HS Football: Vista Murrieta Wins the Southwestern League Championship with a 35-21 Victory over Murrieta Valley

Murrieta Valley Quarterback Hank Bachmeier Sets a New CIF Southern Section Record for Most Career Touchdown Passes

Vista Murrieta reclaimed the Southwestern League Football Title Thursday night by beating arch crosstown rival Murrieta Valley 35-21. The Nighthawks knocked the Broncos off of their perennial Championship pedestal two years ago and won two straight titles. MV was looking to make it 3 in a row, but the Broncos had other ideas.

Murrieta Valley quarterback Hank Bachmeier

In the end, it was the Bronco defense that shined once again. The Broncos intercepted Murrieta Valley quarterback Hank Bachmeier’s pass in the closing minutes of the game to seal the victory for Vista Murrieta. It was the Broncos third interception of the game. The swarming Vista defense also sacked Bachmeier five times and kept the pressure on him all night long.

“Our defense was resilient,” said Vista Murrieta Head Coach Eric Peterson. “Our defense can definitely carry us in the playoffs and our offense just needs to do what it can do. Hats off to Murrieta Valley. They are a great, physical team that just wouldn’t go away.”.

Bachmeier threw two touchdowns against the Broncos. His first touchdown, a 9-yard strike to Emilio Valencia in the second quarter set a new CIF Southern Section record for most career touchdown passes. The senior passed J.T. Daniels, who played for of Mater Dei from 2015-2017.  His second, and the 154th TD pass of his career, went to Jordan Murry who out ran Vista’s secondary 97 yards down the sideline for a score.

Vista Murrieta quarterback Robert Coleman drew first blood. He hit Alex Hill with a 23 yard touchdown pass late in the first quarter giving the Broncos a 7-0 lead. Bachmeier answered by engineering an 11-play, 80-yard drive that ended with him taking the ball in from the 1 to tie the game 7-7.

Vista Murrieta scored on its next two possessions in the second quarter. The red hot Coleman threw Rickie Johnson a 34-yard touch down pass and found Hill again with a 9 yard strike to take a 21-7 lead.

t looked pretty dismal for the Nighthawks when Bachmeier hit Valencia for his record setting TD with under a minute in the first half. It was Vista Murrieta 21, Murrieta Valley 13 at the half.

Vista Murrieta would score once in the third quarter on a 2 yard run by Coleman. MV answered with Bachmeier’s second touchdown pass. The Broncos increased their lead to 35-21 in the final quarter when Coleman and Johnson hooked up for another 11 yard touchdown pass.

Back came Murrieta Valley. Bachmeier was driving the Nighthawks downfield when the senior was intercepted by defensive back Hunter Escorcia on an incredible play. End of drive…end of game.

Bronco quarterback Coleman threw for four touchdowns and completed 7 of 12 passes for 122 yards. He was devastating on the ground and ran for 151 yards on 27 carries and a score. Bachmeier was 14 of 31 passing for 288 yards for the evening.

In other Southwestern league action, Temecula Valley held off Murrieta Mesa18-13. Chaparral crushed Great Oak 28-7.


Vista Murrieta    7  14   7  7    35

Murrieta Valley  0  13  8  0   21


Southwestern League Standings

Vista Murrieta        5-0

Murrieta Valley      4-1

Murrieta Mesa        2-3

Temecula Valley     2-3

Chaparral                 2-3

Great Oak                0-5

Photos by Willie Shippen