League play begins on Friday, Oct. 5. Week five in Valley football was a rest week for many teams prior to the start of league play this week. All of the Sunbelt League teams and three Southwestern League teams had a bye this past week. Three teams did play: Chaparral beat Santa Fe; Temecula Valley lost to Tahquitz and Vista Murrieta defeated Pacific Palisades. Two teams had Homecoming this week. Four teams enter league play undefeated.
The Elsinore Tigers (3-2) host Paloma Valley Wildcats (5-0)
Former CIF Champion Elsinore is coming off of a 38-9 loss to Murrieta Valley. The Tigers’ running game is averaging 321 yards per game and the offense is scoring almost 30 points per game. The rushing duo of Allan Stubbs and Shane Pico account for 88 of the team’s 149 points. Pico, the league’s #3 rusher, may still be out with an injury sustained in the Murrieta Valley game.
Undefeated Paloma Valley is coming off a 40-31 win over Temecula Valley. The Wildcats are averaging 291 rushing yards, 162 passing yards and 48 points per game. League-leader QB Brent Boehm has thrown for almost 800 yards and 10 touchdowns. Running back David Solis is the league’s #2 rusher and has rushed for over 850 yards and 12 touchdowns. The defense has held opponents to less than 12 points per game on average. Linebacker Cody Lewis leads the league with 53 tackles.
Heritage Patriots (4-1) travel to Perris Panthers (0-3)
Defending CIF Champion Heritage beat Rialto last week 45-30. The Patriots’ potent running offense averages 326 yards and 36 points per game while holding their opponents to 20 points per game. Running back Jamal Morrow has rushed for over 1000 yards and 10 touchdowns to lead the league. Kicker Logan Netter is the team’s second leading scorer.
Perris’ last loss was at the hands of Citrus Valley, the #8-ranked team in the CIF-SS East Valley Division. The Panthers are averaging almost 300 yards per game of offense with 2/3 of that through the air. QB Carlos Manuel is #2 in the league and has passed for over 760 yards and nine touchdowns. Wide receiver Jalen Liscomb has caught 19 passes for 499 yards and eight touchdowns to lead the league. Speedy running back Dallas Deville has half the team’s rushing touchdowns.
Lakeside (0-5) hosts Temescal Canyon Titans (2-3)
The Lakeside Lancers’ last game was a cross-league loss to the undefeated Murrieta Mesa Rams. QB Dakota Wilson and wide receiver Sean Cabrera have proven to be a potent combination. Early injuries have hampered the Lancers, but the bye week gave some players time to heal and they should be ready for league play.
The Titans’ last game was against the #20 team in the CIF-SS Inland Division; they lost to the Damien Spartans. Running back Dawson Lindeman leads the Titans’ ground game with 371 yards and six touchdowns. Linebacker Chase Patton leads the defense with 10 tackles per game.
Great Oak Wolfpack (3-2) hosts Murrieta Valley Nighthawks (5-0)
The Wolfpack’s two losses were to CIF-SS inland Division’s #2-ranked Chino Hills and #5-ranked Rancho Verde, but the Wolfpack did upset the #1-ranked Eastern Division Champion, Heritage Patriots with a classic goal line stand. The offense is averaging almost 400 yards of total offense with a 55/45 split favoring the run game. Running back Jakob Certeza carries the bulk of the load and has scored nine touchdowns on 618 yards rushing. QB Carson Luna has passed for 838 yards and six touchdowns, with sophomore receiver Brandon Presley (321 yards) accounting for four of the long ball scores.
The Nighthawks have rolled over all their pre-season opponents scoring 201 points and allowing only 24 total points. In the first four games, the high-pressure Nighthawk defense allowed only 15 points and recorded three shutouts. They are coming off of a 38-9 victory over Elsinore. Running backs Jacob Augustin, Jayvy Ragudo and Michael Robles lead the run game; QB Andrew Blake’s favorite pass targets are Terin Solomon and Brandon Iacobellis.
Undefeated Rams (5-0) host Chaparral Pumas (4-1)
The Murrieta Mesa Rams – and Chase Chambers – have been putting up some impressive numbers. They are averaging 322 yards passing and over 50 points per game. Chambers has completed 75 percent of his passes for 1577 yards and 21 touchdowns, numbers that have him ranked #1 in the Inland Division and among the top in the state and the nation. He has hit five different receivers in the endzone. Four receivers are also recording league-leading numbers: Daniel Castro with six TDs and 282 yards; Khalil Sharpe with six TD’s and 445 yards, Gilbert Toves with seven TD’s and 349 yards, and Parker Erickson with 332 yards and one TD. Their most recent win was a 70-0 battering of Lakeside.
The Pumas ended their pre-season by rolling over the Santa Fe Chieftains, 46-0. Running back Justin Harris ran for 218 yards and three touchdowns on 13 carries, including TD runs of 61 yards and 73 yards. Milik Lawal blocked a punt in the first quarter and scooped up the football for a score. Chhris Stratton also scored on a punt return.
The #32-state-ranked Pumas’ only loss was to Tesoro Titans, the #9-ranked team in the state and the #43-ranked team in the nation. They lost by three points, 14-17. The Pumas are averaging over 350 yards of offense; 240 of those on the ground. League-leader Harris has rushed for 764 yards and 10 TDs this pre-season. First-year QB Kellen Mataafa has thrown for over 541 yards and six touchdowns. Chris Stratton leads receivers with 253 yards and three touchdowns. Defensive end Andrew Madera leads the defense in tackles and sacks (6).
Temecula Valley Golden Bears (1-4) host the Vista Murrieta Broncos (5-0)
The Golden Bears ended their pre-season with a Homecoming game and a 21-54 loss to the Tahquitz Titans (4-1) who are the #6-ranked team in the CIF-SS Eastern Division. QB Kyle Plantier completed 17-of-30 passes for 217 yards and one touchdown to Andre Armstrong (three catches for 86 yards). Sophomore Griffin Doran caught eight passes for 79 yards. Running backs Ryan Smith and Brendon Marchand combined for 159 of the team’s 177 rushing yards.
Despite their record, Temecula Valley is averaging over 400 yards and almost 33 points per game. Plantier has passed for over 1000 yards and the offense has rushed for over 1100 yards; the running duo of Smith and Marchand, #3 and #4 in the league, account for 12 of their 21 scores.
The Broncos just defeated Pacific Palisades 42-6. The Dolphins are the #14 ranked team in the LA City Section Division I.
Vista Murrieta is the top-ranked team in the CIF-SS Inland Division, the #4-ranked team in the state and the #18-ranked team in the nation. The Broncos are averaging over 41 points per game. In the first four pre-season games, QB Nick Stevens passed for over 600 yards and eight touchdowns. He also rushed for 235 yards and five touchdowns. Keiron Long and Kishawn Holmes have also rushed for over 200 yards.
USC-recruit Su’a Cravens is the leading receiver with four touchdowns on eight catches and leads the team in scoring. The defense has held their opponents to a combined 64 points, they have recorded nine sacks, six interceptions, and nine fumble recoveries. Linebacker Bryce Smith leads the league with 14.4 tackles per game.
C-hawks outfly Eagles, 34-26
The California Lutheran C-hawks traded scores (four lead changes) and turnovers (five) through two quarters with the Upland Christian Academy Eagles and then flew away with the league-opening win 34-26. They came from behind 20-26 with two unanswered scores in the fourth quarter.
Junior Adam Hussman (21 carries, 144 yards) and senior Billy Chojnacki (11 carries, 59 yards) scored two rushing touchdowns each, while Noah Schreifer (15 carries, 90 yards) scored one TD on a 9nine-yard one-handed catch, his only reception of the day. Chojnacki (14 tackles) Phillip Harrison (12), Sina Firoozya (10), and Erik Romero (10) led the defense.
This Saturday at 5:30 p.m., the C-hawks host Annenberg Panthers (4-2) who recently defeated Discovery from Pacoima, 40-6. This is their Homecoming game. Prior to the game at 5 p.m., the C-hawks will have a dedication ceremony for a flagpole memorial built for Army Sergeant Noah Korte. Korte was a Lake Elsinore resident and Cal Lutheran High School graduate who was recently killed in Afghanistan, 17 days into his fourth tour of duty. He leaves behind a wife, Kristi, and two sons (James, 3 and Sean, 6 months).
Lions rip Rough Riders, 59-3
The Linfield Lions ripped apart the California Military Institute Rough Riders 59-3 to secure their first victory of the pre-season. The Lions defense held the Rough Riders under 100 yards of total offense and forced half a dozen turnovers. Lack of depth and injuries – especially when QB Oakley Hunt left in the third quarter – hurt the Rough Riders.
Michael Brown’s 54-yard scoop and score of a recovered fumble was the first score of the game seven minutes into the first quarter. CMI responded with a drive and field goal to make the score 7-3 at the end of the quarter. An early Linfield fumble in the second quarter gave CMI an opportunity to take the lead, but the Lions’ defense prevailed. Linfield took advantage of CMI turnovers and led 35-3 at half time.
Lions QB Austin Hall had a rough start (0-for-4 attempts with one interception), but finished strong (8-of-10 for 107 yards and two touchdowns – Chasen Crowell and Dallas House). Hall also ran for one TD. Running back Logan Wakefield – Lions’ Offensive Player of the Game – finished with 108 yards rushing and one TD. Defensive back Reyzeir Wilkins had two fumble recoveries and a 32-yard pick six. Freshman cornerback Lorenzo Burns – Defensive Player of the Game – also added an interception return for a touchdown. Special Teams Player of the Game Michael Brown showed a strong leg in kicking a 42-yard field goal as well. Christian Wingate and Anthony Simeone also rushed for touchdowns to finish off the scoring for the Lions. Ryan Geach was named Lineman of the Game.
The 1-3 Rough Riders travel to face the California School for the Deaf (1-4). The Cubs beat Phoenix Day School for the deaf 30-22.
The 1-4 Lions begin Ambassador League play against the Western Christian Fighting Lancers from Upland who come into the contest undefeated at 5-0. Their last victory was at the expense of Villanova Prep from Ojai, 41-8.
Warriors down Eagles, 49-6
The Calvary Murrieta Warriors downed the Fresno Christian Eagles 49-6 as they kept their pre-season record perfect at 5-0.
QB Zach Chesser completed 7-of-14 passes for 166 yards and two touchdowns; he also rushed for 74 yards on six carries. He also ran for one touchdown and scored another on an interception. John Singh scored once on the ground and once on a pass reception. Tristen Taylor also scored twice, one on a Chesser pass. Nate Van Bruggen also scored on a rush.
The Warriors visit the Ontario Christian Knights (5-0) in a battle of the unbeaten in the Ambassador League. The Knights recently defeated Valley Christian 48-10.
Crusaders overcome to defeat Crossroads Christian, 46-28
The Cornerstone Christian Crusaders (3-3) overcame heavy hearts and won their Majestic League opener and Homecoming game against Crossroads Christian (2-3) 46-28. They had lost last week to Avalon, 64-33, but more importantly had lost their starting QB and good friend Dax McGregor who was airlifted to UCLA Harbor Medical Trauma Center with a brain injury. “Pray for Dax” badges, signs and banners were everywhere.
QB Josiah Tupaj stepped in for the injured Dax McGregor and completed 8-of-11 passes for 103 yards and one touchdown. Tupaj also had six tackles and an interception on defense. Zach Brisson rushed for 116 yards on 15 carries and scored three times, once on a 63-yard kick-off return. He also caught three passes for 43 yards. Brisson recorded 270 all-purpose yards. Joe Cody rushed for 91 yards and scored two times; one of his three receptions resulted in a score.
Cornerstone travels to Damian High School to face the Calvary Baptist Cougars (4-1) who knocked off Calvary Chapel Moreno Valley 42-0.
Dax McGregor Update
The 17-year-old senior who suffered a traumatic brain injury in last week’s Cornerstone Christian vs. Avalon game is showing progress. As of Tuesday morning, Oct. 2, he is currently off life support and the ventilator and is reported in stable condition. He is alert, responsive, and aware and is trying to speak. He still has aspiration pneumonia. He was able to respond to simple verbal commands this past weekend.
The team quarterback left the field during the game last week expressing that something was wrong. After initial examination, Dax was immediately airlifted to UCLA Harbor Medical Trauma Center and underwent emergency brain surgery. He was placed on life support and has been in a coma for the past week.
Fundraising efforts are needed to help with medical costs and financial support for the family during this time. The community is urged to visit www.giveforward.com for the latest updates and to donate.
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