HS Football: League games get underway with Week Six action

Gio Sanders (11) had 4 TD receptions for Murrieta Mesa in the Rams 59-10 win Friday, Oct. 6. Alicia Salcedo photo.

It’s here. They finally made it. The start of league games has arrived for our local high school football teams and now the playoff hunt ensues. The pendulum has shifted in a number of local leagues and now it’s a fight to the finish to win that coveted league title and become the last team standing in December. Murrieta Mesa (Southwestern League) is the only 11-man team locally that has still not lost a game and to some it seems like a shock, but not for the players, coaches and staff at the school that’s for sure.

Nighthawk QB Hank Bachmeier (18) eyes his favorite target, Marquis Spiker (9), as Murrieta Valley defeats Vista Murrieta 38-17 to open up league play. David Canales photo.

Though they will surely be tested in the weeks to come, Head Coach Darrel Turner is known to have some tricks up his sleeve and intends to use them when it comes to the local powerhouses. The ‘Game of the Week’ this week has to be Murrieta Mesa versus Vista Murrieta.

In the Sunbelt League Heritage did not let the undefeated record that Lakeside garnished fool them last week as the Patriots handled the Lancers with ease. The defending Sunbelt Champs intend to continue to use their preseason battles as a testament to their cause, especially being the only team to go up against perennial powerhouse Orange Lutheran, where they held OLu to the least amount of points and rushing yards they put up all year (34 points, 116 rushing yards).

Cornerstone Christian QB, Ethan Aguilar (2), helped the Crusaders get past Crossroads Christian Friday, Oct. 6, by a score of 62-32. Courtesy photo.

Elsinore is not going to go away quietly and neither will Paloma Valley as they both also hold the same record as the Patriots at 5-1 overall and 1-0 in league. This week the game to be at will be at the home of the Tigers as they take on Heritage.

The South Valley league title seems to be up for grabs this year with Rancho Christian and Calvary Murrieta being the clear front runners again, but the two will not face each other till next week and in the Mountain Pass League it looks like it will be a dogfight with Citrus Hill, San Jacinto and Beaumont all nipping at each other’s heals, waiting for the other to fall. None of the top teams from the MPL play each other week so the game to watch could be better left to a coin flip.

The breakdown of the Southwestern League games from Week Three, plus South Valley and Sunbelt League scores and stats are as follows:

Southwestern League (All games played at 7 p.m. unless otherwise noted)

Great Oak (3-3, 1-0) – 31

Chaparral (4-2, 0-1) – 14

GOHS: M. Bustamante – 8 for 21, 125 yds, TD, int; D. Morales – 16 carries, 198 yds, 2 TDs; J. Collins – 2 carries, 12 yds, TD; M. Barkley – 1 reception, 27 yds, TD; Def – K. Fajardo – 15 tackles; A. Moore – 13 tackles; R. McClain – 1 tackle, QB sack; G. Kerr – 8 tackles, QB sack; E. Ethridge – interception. R. Richter (K) – 4-4 PAT, 1-1 FG (28 yds).

CHS: No MaxPreps or Hudl stats entered


Temecula Valley (0-6, 0-1) – 10

Murrieta Mesa (6-0, 1-0) – 59

TVHS: Def – J. Jacobsen – 4 tackles 3 QB sacks; A. Pulsipher – 5 tackles, QB sack; B. Hughes – 7 tackles.

MMHS: J. Miller – 19 for 26, 309 yds, 4 TDs; K. Thompson – 14 carries, 105 yds, 2 TDs; C. Shakir-Ricks – 5 carries, 88 yds, TD; C. Layton – 1 carry, 1 yd, TD; G. Sanders – 7 catches, 161 yds, 4 TDs; Def – J. Atkinson – 7 tackles, QB sack; C. Layton – 6 tackles, QB sack.


Murrieta Valley (4-2, 1-0) – 38

Vista Murrieta (1-5, 0-1) – 17

MVHS: Bachmeier – 11 for 20, 219 yds; 3 TDs; M. Spiker – 4 catches, 89 yds, 2 TDs, 1 kickoff return TD; L. Dillon – 1 catch, 5 yds, TD; Def – N. Baca – 13 tackles; T. Whitehead – 12 tackles; J. Archer – 2 tackles, interception; M. Spiker – interception.

VMHS: No MaxPreps or Hudl stats entered

 This week should be a tell tale week in the Southwestern League as the undefeated Murrieta Mesa Rams go up against Vista Murrieta. Darrel Turner and David Olsen, who at one time were both part of the Coley Candaele Bronco coaching era, figure to know each other’s playbooks all too well and this could be the game to watch. The Pumas of Chaparral are hoping to bounce back from last week’s loss to Great Oak, but they head to Murrieta Valley and things could get messy with Bachmeier and Spiker running the show. Finally, Great Oak will welcome the winless Golden Bears to their house as Temecula Valley hopes to rain on the ‘Red Wave’ parade. All games are scheduled for Friday, Oct. 13, at 7 p.m.

Sunbelt League

Lakeside (5-1, 0-1) – 7

Heritage (5-1, 1-0) – 60

LHS: D. Bomhoff – 2 for 7, 14 yds, int; A. Ramirez – Fumble recovery for a TD.

HHS: No MaxPreps or Hudl stats entered

Elsinore (5-1, 1-0) – 32

Perris (0-6, 0-2) – 18

EHS: T. Jakell – 5 for 11, 102 yds, TD; A. Portillo – 15 carries, 104 yds, TD; G. Van Cott – 10 carries, 66 yds, TD; I. Hobson – 5 carries, 40 yds, TD, 1 catch, 41 yds, TD; Def – A. Miranda – 8 tackles, E. Miller – 3 tackles, QB sack; S. Chism – 4 tackles, QB sack.

PHS: J. Pratt – 8 carries, 136 yds, 2 TDs; I. Arsola – 5 carries, 20 yds, TD. Def – J. Pratt – 11 tackles; A. Munoz – 10 tackles; D. Esquivel – 10 tackles.


Paloma Valley (5-1, 1-0) – 48

Temescal Canyon (2-4, 0-1) – 10

PVHS: C. Nolan – 14 for 20, 294 yds, 3 TDs; T. Tinhui – 6 carries, 78 yds, TD; T. Tillman – 4 carries, 3 yds, TD; S. Bradshaw – 1 carry, 2 yds, TD; M. Carvalho – 8 catches, 215 yds, 2 TDs; T. Eddington – 1 catch, 27 yds, TD; Def – S. Bradshaw – 11 tackles; D. Johnson – 3 tackles, QB sack.

TCHS: A. Sanchez – 9 for 25, 47 yds, int, 12 carries, 61 yds, TD; DEF – B. Clemons – 17 tackles.

This week’s Sunbelt League action includes what should be a great battle between Elsinore and Heritage on Tiger turf , Paloma Valley will travel to Lakeside to take on the Lancers and Perris will be home looking to pick up their first win of the season against the Temescal Canyon Titans. All games are scheduled for Friday, Oct. 13, at 7 p.m.

South Valley League

Cal. Military Institute (3-3, 0-1) – 6

Rancho Christian (3-3, 1-0) – 33

CMI: No MaxPreps or Hudl stats entered

RCS: No MaxPreps or Hudl stats entered

Temecula Prep (1-5, 0-1) – 19

Nuview Bridge (1-5, 1-0) – 27

TPS: No MaxPreps or Hudl stats entered

NBHS: A. Nunez – 2 for 4, 60 yds; N. Cazee – 6 carries, 189 yds, 3 TDs; E. Choe – 10 carries, 78 yds, TD; Def – A. Pacheco – 17 tackles; M. Montoya – 11 tackles, 2 QB sacks; A. Nunez – 6 tackles, QB sack; M. Black – 9 tackles, QB sack; B. Hooper – 6 tackles, QB sack.

Calvary Murrieta (3-3, 1-0) – 43

Santa Rosa Academy (3-2-1, 0-1) – 12

CMCS: No MaxPreps or Hudl stats entered

SRA: C. Dougherty – 9 carries, 101 yds, TD; Def – J. Munstock – 9 tackles 3 QB sacks.

This week’s South Valley games will pit Calvary Murrieta against Temecula Prep (game to be played at Temecula Valley High School), Santa Rosa will be on the road to face Rancho Christian and the CMI Rough Riders will be home to face Nuview Bridge. All games are scheduled for Friday, Oct. 13, at 7 p.m.

*Most other league scores can be found in the scoreboard section of the paper or by going to www.myvalleynews.com/sports.

**All stats, schedules and scores are supplied by local high school athletic directors, MaxPreps, CIF-SS and contributing writers/photographers; David Canales, Andrez Imaging, Ed Faith, Rob Davis Photography , Cody Bressler, Paul Bandong, Alicia Salcedo, Annette Saenz, Time Stood Still Photography and countless fans of the games via social media.


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