The spring 2021 pandemic shortened high school football season. Games were hindered by players with coronavirus flare-ups, some teams canceled the season before they even started, but as it all comes to an end, the most important thing is what was achieved in just a handful of games. The biggest drive was that players got to play, and of course, the class of 2021 athletes took hold of their last year of high school football.

High school sports were shut down for the better part of a year as the state, country and the world at large responded to the coronavirus pandemic. Many coaches, staff and administrators said they were worried about the lack of in-person connection with students. Nobody really knew if things were ever going to get back to some sort of normalcy. That situation was a tough deal for players and families, but many held out hope and were rewarded when news came that there would be some sort of season.

Despite no playoffs, no championship banners, per say, and no state bowl games, local teams can claim this season as a victory by just being on the field. Here are reported schedules/results from Week Five of southwest Riverside County high school football games that took place between April 15-17.

Thursday, April 15

Sunbelt League

Orange Vista (3-1) 33, Hemet (1-3) 0

Highlights: Elijah Robinson threw two touchdown passes as the Coyotes (3-1) won a nonleague game. Michael Carney scored on a 48-yard run, and Johnny Zomalt returned a fumble for a touchdown to help Orange Vista grab the early lead. Javier Valdivia kicked a pair of field goals for the Coyotes.

Valley View (1-4) 17, Paloma Valley (1-2) 14

Highlights: Freshman Dylan Riley rushed for 263 yards on 47 carries and scored two touchdowns as the Eagles (1-4) won a Sunbelt League game. Andrew Herrera kicked a 42-yard field goal for Valley View.

Paloma Valley High School wide receiver Seth Langland (8) finds room to run during their final game of the season against Valley View High School. Valley News/Action Captures Media Group photo

Friday, April 16

Ambassador League

Arrowhead Christian (4-1) 64, Linfield Christian (1-2) 6

Southwestern League

Great Oak (0-5) 7, Temecula Valley (2-2) 34

GOHS: Stats not available

TVHS: Stats not available

Great Oak’s Junior Pugol (6) scrambles to move the chains against Temecula Valley during their final game in Week Five. Valley News/Rob Davis Photography

Murrieta Valley (2-3) 41, Chaparral (4-1) 52

Highlights: Chaparral junior running back Hunter Roddy rushed for 405 yards on 45 carries and four touchdowns. In a wild third quarter, the lead changed five times. Puma quarterback Caron Tyler scored on an eight-yard run, but the Nighthawks quickly took the lead again as Rose completed a 65-yard pass to Tiger Bachmeier. Roddy then added his fourth touchdown from 36 yards to give the Pumas the lead 38-34. On their next possession, the Nighthawks regained the lead on Rose’s two-yard run. Chaparral took the lead for good at 46-41 as Tyler scored on a three-yard run with 2:25 left in the third quarter. Chaparral gained 580 yards on the ground. Lindemans added 106 yards on 10 carries. For the Nighthawks, Rose completed 18 of 27 passes for 294 yards. Bachmeier hauled in six receptions for 114 yards while Connors added seven catches for 102 yards. Watts led the Murrieta Valley rushers, gaining 179 yards on 24 carries.

Murrieta Valley High School wide receiver Dean Connors (1) breaks free during Week Five action against Chaparral High School. Valley News/Action Captures Media Group photo
Murrieta Mesa High School battles Vista Murrieta High School early before falling to the Broncos 31-14 to complete the Southwestern league season. Valley News/David Canales photo

Vista Murrieta (5-0) 31, Murrieta Mesa (1-4) 14

MMHS: Stats not available

VMHS: B. Jones (QB) – 16 for 2, 275 yds, 2 TD; Galzote (RB) – 20 carries, 68 yds, TD; Caldera (RB) – 6 carries, 27 yds, TD; McDermott (WR) – 5 receptions, 97 yds, TD.

QB Brady Jones leads Vista Murrieta High School to an undefeated season with a 31-14 win over Murrieta Mesa High School Friday, April 16. Valley News/David Canales photo

Nonleague

Santa Rosa Academy (2-3) 8, Loara (4-1) 30

Western Christian (0-5) 22, Hamilton (1-2) 28

 

Saturday, April 17

Inland Valley League

Lakeside (2-3) 9, Riverside Poly (2-3) 17

Ivy League

Elsinore (1-3) 37, Temescal Canyon (4-1) 42

Highlights: Trevor Bourdon reeled in a game winning 10-yard touchdown reception with 56 seconds remaining in the game to help Temescal Canyon defeat Elsinore. The Titans erased a 9-point deficit in the final minutes to complete the come-from-behind victory that clinched them the city championship. Bourdon found the end zone four times in the game, making nine receptions for 125 yards. Temescal Canyon Koa Apana went 19 of 32 in the air for 267 yards while Elsinore’s Moore completed 3 of 8 passes for 63 yards. Harvey led the Elsinore rushing efforts with 188 yards on 26 carries, while Yoshinaga gained 165 yards on 18 attempts.

Heritage (2-3) 12, Rancho Verde (5-0) 26

HHS: Stats not available

RVHS: Stats not available

Mountain Pass League

Citrus Hill (3-2) 21, San Jacinto (4-1) 35

Highlights: The San Jacinto football team broke Citrus Hill’s 13-year run as league champion last year, and this year the Tigers and Davon Banks made sure to do it again. Banks scored three touchdowns as the host Tigers built a 28-point, third-quarter lead and triumphed to a 35-21 victory over the Hawks. The win establishes San Jacinto as the favorite in the Mountain Pass League, moving forward. Tigers senior Kobe Ramirez opened the third-quarter scoring with a 39-yard touchdown, and freshman quarterback Sebastian Wood found another freshman, Dillon Gresham, for a 15-yard touchdown pass with 2:05 left in the third quarter. Wood finished 8 of 14 for 210 yards and three scores. Ramirez, who also played some quarterback, ran for 70 yards on seven carries. Sophomore running back David Myers ran for 78 yards on 19 carries. Citrus Hill’s sophomore quarterback Keon Gantt completed 20 of 40 passes for 266 yards for three touchdowns and three interceptions. He boasted two triple-digit receivers — junior Skyler Mesa (five catches, 124 yards) and freshman Jalen Bailey (seven catches, 103 yards).

Nonleague

West Valley (2-3) 27, Canyon Springs (0-5) 14

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*Stats may be missing for certain teams that had not entered them by the time this article went to print. Visit http://www.maxpreps.com for updates. Photos and sports scores/stats/highlights can be submitted to sports@reedermedia.com. Stats, standings, results provided by MaxPreps, local AD’s, fans of the game and the Valley News Sports Department.

JP Raineri can be reached by email at sports@reedermedia.com.