The first official week of high school football in California has come and gone and it all started with Zero Week in the Southwest Riverside County region, which began Friday, Aug. 25, just 11 days after the first official practice date. According to the rules laid down by the Southern Section of the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF-SS), players are required to have nine days of practice before scrimmaging or playing in a game
A Zero Week game can be stressful to the coaching staff for any number of reasons, whether it’s scheduling issues, paperwork, transfers, physicals, etc., anything can make for a huge scramble to get ready for the season. Of course the added benefit of playing a Zero Week game results in a bye week somewhere during the preseason, leading up to a breath of fresh air in the grand scheme of things.
“It gives the banged up guys a chance to heal and it gives your team an extra week of preparation for the next week’s football game,” says Murrieta Mesa Head Coach, Darrell Turner. “Despite the rush to make sure everyone is ready, we know that the players always prefer getting the season started early since they have been working out all summer together and would much rather be lining up across from someone else other than their own teammate.”
Nearly 20 local teams took to the field this past Friday night, including one team, the Vista Murrieta Broncos, who traveled all the way to Georgia for their season opener this year. Here is the tale of the Zero Week tape:
Southwestern League (All games played at 7 p.m. unless otherwise noted)
Great Oak (0-1) – 0
Heritage (1-0) – 42 (Sunbelt League)
Touchdowns: Sherod White – 4 (3 rushing, 1 receiving); Armand Crisol (receiving); Jadyn Goosby (rushing).
The Patriots will be on the road next as they take on the Oak Hills Bulldogs, who defeated Victor Valley 35-14 in their season opener. Great Oak will travel to face King who had a BYE in Zero Week.
Vista Murrieta (0-1) – 7
Colquitt County, GA (1-0) – 26
Vista Murrieta will travel to face Mission Viejo this week who made it past Baldwin 39-14 in Zero Week action.
San Jacinto (1-0) – 6
Temecula Valley (0-1) – 2
The Golden Bears will travel to Lake Elsinore to face the Elsinore Tigers who are coming off a season opening win after beating Hesperia 21-7.
The San Jacinto Tigers will also be in Lake Elsinore next week taking on the Temescal Canyon Titans who beat Vista Del Lago 63-0.
Murrieta Valley (0-1) – 28
Santiago (1-0) – 30
Passing: Bachmeier (MV) – 15 for 24, 217 yards; 2 TDs
Touchdowns: J. Johnson (MV) – 2 rushing (142 yards); T. Brown (MV) – receiving (4 catches, 95 yards); M. Spiker (MV) – receiving (6 catches, 80 yards).
Tackles: N. Baca (MV) – 13; T. Whitehead (MV) – 9.
Sacks: T. Whitehead (MV) , B. Ramos (MV), G. Damico (MV).
The Nighthawks will travel this week to face the Redlands Terriers who defeated Palm Springs 14-6 in their season opener.
Rancho Cucamonga (1-0) – 49
Chaparral (0-1) – 14
The Pumas will travel to Riverside to play a Poly Bears team this week that had a BYE in Zero Week.
Rancho Christian (0-1) – 0
Murrieta Mesa (1-0) – 48
Touchdowns: Giovanni Sanders – 2 receiving; Kai Thompson – 2 (rushing, receiving); C. Baca (rushing).
The Rams will be back at home this week as they take on the Corona Panthers, who fell to Valley View 47-35 in their season opener. Great Oak will travel to face King who had a BYE in Zero Week.
The Rancho Christian Eagles will be home this week as well to take on the Whittier Christian Heralds who also lost their season opener, falling to Poinciana 28-20.
Elsinore (1-0) – 21
Hesperia (0-1) – 7
Passing: Fletcher (E) – 4 for 7, 44 yards
Touchdowns: K. Maddox (E) – rushing (26 yards); G. Agosto (E) – rushing (3 yards); A. Perez (E) – Interception return.
Tackles: A. Miranda (E) – 8, 1 sack.
The Tigers will travel this week to face Temecula Valley who fell to San Jacinto 6-2 in their season opener.
Lakeside (1-0) – 33
Adelanto (0-1) – 0
Passing: D. Bomhoff (L) – 5 for 16, 58 yards, TD.
Touchdowns: A. Burt (L) – 3 rushing (157 yards); R. Puquirre Jr. (L) – receiving (17 yards);
Field Goals: A. Banda Jr.(L) – (1) 35 yards.
The Lancers will travel to West Valley in Hemet this week to face the Mustangs of the Mountain pass League. West Valley fell to Shadow Hills 46-7 in their season opener.
Cajon (1-0) – 44
Paloma Valley (0-1) – 34
The Paloma Valley Wildcats will take to the road this week to face the Valley View Eagles who defeated Corona in their season opener, 47-35.
Temescal Canyon (1-0) – 63
Vista del Lago (0-1) – 0
Passing: J. Gomez (TC) – 3 for 3, 135 yards, 3 TDs
Touchdowns: A. Sanchez (TC) – rushing (36 yards); B. Clemons (TC) – rushing (40 yards); A. Hilton (TC) – 2 rushing (27 yards); J. Gomez (TC) – rushing (58 yards).
Tackles: C. Logue (TC) – 6; L. Driscoll (TC) – 6; K. Klaas (TC) – 6.
Sacks: C. Frey – 2.5; A. Wells – 1
The Temescal Canyon Titans will be on the road this week to face San Jacinto. The Tigers defeated Temecula Valley last week 6-2 in their season opener.
Perris (0-1) – 20
Arlington (1-0) – 42
The Perris Panthers will travel again this week to face the Miller Rebels who had a BYE in Zero Week.
*South Valley League scores as well as Arrowhead, Mountain Pass and 8-man leagues 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.