The Nighthawks Seek to Challenge Perennial Southwestern League Champion Vista Murrieta in 2016
Murrieta Valley finished the 2015 season with a 9-3 overall record. The Nighthawks surprised Southwestern League opponents and were 4-1 in league play finishing second to Vista Murrieta. The Nighthawks went on to beat Fountain Valley in the opening round of the CIF SS Playoffs and then fell to Mission Viejo, the eventual Division Champion.
Murrieta Valley Head Coach George Wilson was pleased with last year’s effort but believes that the Nighthawks can be even better as his program develops. Summer Football Camp has opened with new faces both in the field and on the sidelines.
Wilson’s Nighthawks just finished a 3-week intensive speed and conditioning program to prepare them for the summer heat 2 weeks ago. The program was led by Tyree Washington a Gold Medal winning Olympian and former San Diego Charger. In 2003 Washington was the “fastest man on the planet”.
‘We spent the 3 weeks working on agility, biomechanics and flexibility. Basically we teach the athletes how to properly warm up, stretch and get ready for the season” said Washington. “In football you’re not going in a straight line. You body is going multi-directional so pretty much we are doing a lot of exercises to prepare them for that type of stress on the body”.
“Tyree has been a positive influence on the team said Offensive Line Coach Andre Smith. “Not only does he share his knowledge of speed and conditioning to the young players, he motivates them too. He also constantly reminds them that they need to hit the books to compete on the field’.
The Nighthawks season opener is on August 26th against Santiago in Corona.
8/26 Santiago AWAY
9/2 Redlands HOME
9/9 Grandview HOME
9/16 Rancho Cucamonga AWAY
9/23 Oaks Christian AWAY
10/7 Vista Murrieta HOME
10/21 Temecula Valley HOME
10/28 Great Oak AWAY
11/4 Murrieta Mesa HOME
Photos by Mike Clary