By Jennifer Sevilla
This weeks thunderstorms made for an interesting week in the in the Southwestern League with all three games being suspended at one point from Friday to Saturday. The Great Oak-Murrieta Valley game ended early after a unknown injury to a Great Oak player in the third quarter.
The Chaparral-Murrieta Mesa game was all it was built up to be coming down to the final minutes of the game. The Vista Murrieta-Temecula Valley game ended under a cloud of mystery and without much precedent about such actions it is uncertain what, if anything, may come of it.
The Great Oak game was rescheduled to Saturday at 7pm and kicked off as scheduled. Hank Bachmeier began the scoring with an 18 yard TD in the 1st quarter. Great Oak punted on it’s next possession, which culminated in a 6 yard Bachmeier TD run.
About midway through the second quarter Hank Bachmeier completed a 15 yard touchdown pass to Jordan Murray. Murrieta made the score 28-0 just before halftime with a 25 yard pass from Bachmeier to Taliq Brown.
Murrieta received the second half kickoff and scored on a 25 Yard pass from Hank Bachmeier to Jordan Murry. The game was then canceled after an injury to a Great Oak player with 6:42. The name of the player or extent of injury is currently unknown. Next week Murrieta Valley hosts Murrieta Mesa and Great Oak Plays at Vista Murrieta.
The game started out with intense back and forth action and the score tied 0-0 entering into the second quarter. The first score was put on by Chaparral via a 5 yard plunge up the middle by Elgin Vasquez. After exchanging possessions, Murrieta Mesa Answered back with a 3 yard dive by Antonio January.
Chaparral drove on its next possession and Elgin Vasquez scored on another 5 yard burst up the middle. After a missed extra point the score was 13-7, Chaparral. It didn’t take long for Murrieta Mesa to respond as they drove to the Chaparral 11 yard line and Jose Ayala was able to run it for the score with about 6 seconds left in the half. The teams went to the locker room with Mesa up 14-13.
Coming out at the half Murrieta Mesa received the ball and on their first possession of the half was culminated with a 20 yard pass for a touchdown from Jose Ayala to Desmin Jackson. Later, Murrieta Mesa dialed up a trick play and Running back Antonio January hit Jose Ayala with a 65 yard halfback pass for a touchdown.
Later in the fourth quarter Chaparral kicker Ray King booted a 25 yard field goal to tighten the score tp 28-23 Rams with about 8 minutes to go. Mesa answered back on the ensuing drive with a 55 yard touchdown run by Jose Ayala to close out the game. Next week Chaparral hosts Temecula Valley and Murrieta Mesa plays at Murrieta Valley.
The only of the games to start on Friday was the contest between Temecula Valley and Vista Murrieta. Temecula Valley received the ball first and Easton Gibbs guided the Bears to the Vista Murrieta 25 yard line before completing a 25 yard pass to Cade Churchward for the games first score.
Vista Murrieta answered on its second play from scrimmage with a 62 yard touchdown. Temecula punted the ball away to Vista Murrieta on its next possession which eventually resulted in a 27 yard rushing touchdown by Raqueal Wagstaff. Temecula punted again on its next possession, and drove to Temecula’s 20 yard line before the game was suspended with about 4 minutes in the 1st quarter due to the lightening.
The game was initially schedule to be resumed at 1 p.m. on Saturday. However, initial indication appear that Temecula refused to continue. Next week Vista Murrieta hosts Great Oak and Temecula Valley plays at Chaparral.
Southwestern League Standings
Murrieta Valley. 3-0
Vista Murrieta, 3-0
Murrieta Mesa, 2-1
Temecula Valley, 1-2
Great Oak, 0-3
Photos by Mike Clary, Jennifer Sevilla & Willie Shippen