HS Football: Week 10 action sets the playoff table, Spiker ties all-time receiving record

Hank Bachmeier (19) and the Murrieta Valley Nighthawks secured their second consecutive Southwestern League title with their Week 10 win over Murrieta Mesa. Andrez Imaging.

The first goal; make it to the post season. The second goal; be the last team standing. The regular season is over and now a couple handfuls of local high school football teams will put that second goal to the test. Week 10 around the area proved to be one of the weeks where one should never underestimate their opponent and now that the CIF-SS brackets are out, the real fight to the finish begins.

In the Southwestern League the Murrieta Valley Nighthawks (8-2, 5-0) won the Southwestern League title outright for the second straight season on a night where Nighthawk receiver Marquis Spiker hauled in his 66th career touchdown catch to match the state record. The record has been held since 2000 and was set by Earvin Johnson of L.A. Cathedral, who went on to play at UNLV after high school.

Murrieta Valley senior standout receiver, Marquis Spiker, tied the all-time career TD catch record in the Nighthawks win over Murrieta Mesa Friday, Nov. 3. Andrez Imaging.

“I knew I had a shot at the record as we came into the season, but the goal has not been to tie, it is to break it,” said Spiker, who tied the record with a 60-yard touchdown on the first play of the fourth quarter.

Spiker, who will be playing Division 1 college football next year at the University of Washington, will get his chance to take the top spot amid a healthy postseason run. That same night the Nighthawks not only had three receivers, but also one running back finish with at least 100 yards in the 45-28 victory on the road over Murrieta Mesa.. Junior QB Hank Bachmeier completed six passes apiece to Spiker, Jordan Murry and Taliq Brown and finished with 367 yards and four TDs on the night. Bachmeier also rushed for 67 yards and two touchdowns.

Khalil Shakir scores over the top for the Broncos to cut Great Oak’s lead during their Week 10 matchup. David Canales photo.

Murrieta Mesa wasn’t a team that would go quietly in the night though as they answered back late in the game to keep the Nighthawk’s on their toes. Rams QB Jeff Miller scored on a 1-yard keeper and hurled a 32-yard touchdown pass to senior WR Cayden Chambers to get the Rams within 4 points midway through the fourth quarter. Bachmeier then clutched up and sealed the win for Murrieta Valley when he scored on a 15-yard scamper into the end zone.

Miller completed 28 of 40 passes for 336 yards and two touchdowns. Kai Thompson had 111 yards on the ground for the Rams, who received an at-large entry into the Division 4 playoffs. Julius Johnson had 115 yards on 16 carries for Murrieta Valley who will open up the Division 1 high school playoffs with a home game against Santa Margarita (7-3, 3-2).

Great Oak’s Cole Condon (22) comes up with a huge late interception to secure the Wolfpack’s first ever win over Vista Murrieta during Week Ten action. David Canales photo.

Great Oak  (3-2, 5-5)secured the No. 2 spot in the Southwestern League this past week by beating Vista Murrieta 26-14  behind the rushing of Danny Morales, along with a stellar defensive stand all night The victory is the first for the Wolfpack over the Broncos in school history. Morales rushed for 169 yards on 29 carries and scored three touchdowns, while the defense, led by Jack Lamb and Preston Toner, stifled the Broncos all night. Great Oak QB McGwire Bustamante completed eight of 23 passes for 150 yards and tight end Brennan Jackson hauled in four receptions for 79 yards as the Wolfpack ended the night with 336 yards of total offense on their home turf.

Lakeside’s Adrian Burt rushed for almost 300 yards and had 3 TDs against Perris during their Week Ten match-up. Courtesy photo.

For the Sunbelt League, the Heritage Patriots won their eighth consecutive Sunbelt League championship in a back-and-forth game that came down to the last possession against Paloma Valley (8-2, 4-1). Senior RB James Phillips’ breakaway 43-yard touchdown run with 3:02 left in the game lifted Heritage to a thrilling, winner-take-all 41-38 victory. For Heritage, ranked No. 2 in the CIF-Southern Section Division 2, this was the closest game they have had to play against a league opponent when the title was on the line. With the win the Patriots recorded their 40th consecutive league victory.

In the South Valley League Rancho Christian (7-3, 5-0) ran away with their second consecutive league title after sweeping their league opponents and in the Mountain Pass League it was Citrus Hill (9-1, 5-0) with another dominating performance this year as they claimed their seventh consecutive league title.

The breakdown of the Southwestern League games from Week Ten, plus Sunbelt League games and post season brackets are as follows:

Southwestern League

Murrieta Valley (8-2, 5-0) – 45

Murrieta Mesa (7-3, 2-3) – 28

MVHS: Bachmeier – 18 for 27, 369 yds; 4 TDs, int, 13 carries, 76 yds, 2 TD’s; J. Johnson – 17 carries, 118 yds; T. Brown – 6 catches, 106 yds, 2 TDs; M. Spiker – 6 catches, 112 yds, TD; J. Murry – 6 catches, 151 yds, TD; DEF – M. Malaki – 15 tackles; J. Holley – 14 tackles; J. Nelson – 7 tackles, int.

MMHS: J. Miller – 28 for 40, 338 yds, 3 TDs, int, 5 carries, 21 yds, TD; K. Thompson – 21 carries, 111 yds, 3 catches, 20 yds; G. Sanders – 9 catches, 62 yds, TD; C. Chambers – 6 catches, 132 yds, 2 TDs; DEF – J. Atkinson – 16 tackles, QB sack; J. Queen – 12 tackles; C. Layton – 5 tackles, int; C. Blue – int.

Vista Murrieta (4-6, 3-2) – 14

Great Oak (5-5, 3-2) – 26

VMHS: R. Coleman – 7 for 14, 86 yds, TD, int; K. Shakir – 10 carries, 55 yds, TD; D. Sneed – 1 carry, 15 yds, TD; DEF – L. Mo’unga – 11 tackles, QB sack; M. Faoliu – 5 tackles, QB sack; T. Plantier – 10 tackles, QB sack; T. Johnson – 8 tackles, QB sack; N. Bolton – 14 tackles; H. Glynn – 15 tackles; C. Worthy – 14 tackles; E. Guidry – 6 tackles, int.

GOHS: M. Bustamante – 9 for 22, 186 yds, int; D. Morales – 29 carries, 169 yds, 3 TDs.

Chaparral (6-4, 2-3) – 16

Temecula Valley (0-10, 0-5) – 10

CHS: T. Harris – 7 for 15, 76 yds, int; O. Ornelas -13 carries, 68 yds, TD.

TVHS: C. Ring – 14 for 38, 179 yds, TD, int; C. Churchward – 6 catches, 42 yds, TD; DEF – E. Gibbs – 19 tackles, T. Matagulay – 9 tackles, QB Sack; A. Turner – 9 tackles, QB Sack.

Sunbelt League

Heritage (9-1, 5-0) – 41

Paloma Valley (8-2, 4-1) – 38

HHS: No MaxPreps or Hudl stats entered.

PVHS: C. Nolan – 24 for 35, 339 yds, TD, int, 17 carries, 116 yds; D. Torres – 8 carries, 42 yds, 3 TDs, int; T. Tilman – 6 carries, 53 yds, TD; M. Carvalho – 8 catches, 103 yds, TD.

Perris (0-10, 0-5) – 14

Lakeside (7-3, 2-3) – 28

PHS: R. Edwards – 3 for 11, 11 yds, int, 19 carries, 140 yds, TD; J. Pratt – 11 carries, 107 yds, TD.

LHS: D. Pope – 2 for 4, 8 yds, 11 carries, 35 yds, TD; A. Burt – 36 carries, 295 yds, 3 TDs.

Temescal Canyon (4-6, 2-3) – 7

Elsinore (6-4, 2-3) – 17

TCHS: J. Gomez – 10 for 18, 120 yds, 2 ints, 5 carries, 51 yds; B. Clemons – 16 carries, 82 yds, TD; DEF – Q. Evans – 14 tackles; N. Ortiz – 2 tackles, QB sack.

EHS: T. Jakell – 2 for 3, 30 yds, TD; I. Hobson – 19 carries, 141 yds, TD; S. Clemson – 1 catch, 24 yds, TD; Def – A. Miranda – 14 tackles, 2 QB sacks; C. Kerr – 11 tackles.

Schedule for first round of the CIF-SS football playoffs
(All games 7:30 p.m. unless noted)

Division 1 (Nov. 10)
Vista Murrieta at Mater Dei
Santa Margarita at Murrieta Valley

Division 2 (Nov. 10)
Great Oak at Valencia
La Mirada at Heritage

Division 3 (Nov. 10)
Newbury Park at Citrus Hill

Division 4 (Nov. 10)
Murrieta Mesa at Colony

Division 5 (Nov. 10)
San Jacinto at Paloma Valley
Chaparral at Valencia/Placentia

Division 6 (Nov. 10)
Elsinore at Fountain Valley
Division 11 (Nov. 10)
Lakeside at Arroyo

Division 12 (Nov. 10)
Laguna Beach at Rancho Christian

Division 13 (Nov. 10)
Hamilton/Anza at Santa Clarita Christian
Cal. Military Institute at Webb

*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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