The high school football season continued in Southern California last week with some terrific matchups during Week 3. With a mild pandemic still in place, some uncertainty remained as well. Coronavirus forced the cancellation of quite a few games for a fourth straight week.

Two of the top games that took place for area teams included the 3-1 Vista Murrieta Broncos, and the 2-1 Murrieta Valley Nighthawks. Vista Murrieta traveled to Upland (1-3) where Scot’s quarterback Sean York fumbled on the Scots second drive, and on the next play, Vista Murrieta quarterback Brady Jones hit a wide-open Jack Pedersen for a 31-yard touchdown. To take the wind out of Upland’s sails, Broncos linebacker Steven Arteaga then intercepted York on Upland’s next possession and five plays later, running back Gavin Galzote scored on a 30-yard touchdown run. York gave up the ball again on their next possession when cornerback Emilio Gutierrez returned a pick 35 yards for the score.

Gavin Galzote runs for 170 yards on 13 carries to lead Vista Murrieta past Upland 48-0 in Week Three. Valley News/David Canales photo

The Scots would not recover as Vista Murrieta would go on to put 26 more points on the board in a lopsided 47-0 victory. Vista Murrieta’s defense held down the fort by forcing Upland to punt the ball four times, plus they had nine plays for negative yardage, and held the Scots to just 16 yards rushing in the first two quarters. Galzote rushed for 170 yards on 13 carries, Jones completed 11 of 15 passes for 175 yards and receiver Grant Wayne added four receptions for 63 yards. The Broncos rushed for 247 yards in the game.

Back home in Murrieta the Nighthawks defense set the tone for the night in their 46-12 victory against Roosevelt with two interceptions and a fumble recovery while holding the Mustangs (1-2) to six points for most of the game. Murrieta Valley linebacker Ricky Banuelos got things going for the hometown squad when he intercepted Roosevelt’s Julian Viramontes’ pass, returning it for a 40-yard touchdown in the first quarter.

Murrieta Valley’s Travis Karg (33) rushes for a touchdown at home during Week Three action. Valley News/Action Captures Media Group

A fumble on Roosevelt’s next offensive drive allowed the Nighthawks’ offense to start with good field placement for running back Travis Karg who finished the drive with an 8-yard touchdown to give Murrieta Valley a 14-0 lead. When the dust cleared on the night, Murrieta Valley tamed the Mustangs 46-12. Karg carried the ball 9 times for 111 yards with four touchdowns. His longest run was for 41 yards.

Murrieta Valley quarterback Brandon Rose finished the night with 177 yards in the air (9 for 15), including a touchdown pass to wide receiver Tiger Bachmeier, who had six catches for 112 yards. The Nighthawks will play their first road game of the season against Norco in Week Four.

Quick game recaps include:

Etiwanda 51, Great Oak 16: Saipeti Maiava and Damonte Swift each rushed for a pair of touchdowns as the Eagles (4-0) rolled to a nonleague win Friday, Sept. 10. Zach Congalton also threw two touchdown passes for Etiwanda.

San Jacinto 38, Temescal Canyon 20: Malachi Brown rushed for three touchdowns as the Tigers (3-1) took out the Titans. Dereun Dortch threw a pair of touchdown passes for San Jacinto, and David Myers added 108 yards and one touchdown on the ground. Koa Apana threw two touchdown passes for Temescal Canyon.

Chaparral 44, Santiago 16: Hunter Roddy rushed for 205 yards on 22 carries and scored four touchdowns as the Pumas (2-1) won their nonleague game against the Sharks in Week Three.

Lakeside 21, Patriot 7: Desean Norwood rushed for 137 yards and two touchdowns as the Lancers (3-1) picked up another win in the preseason.

Other Week Three prep football scores from around the valley include:

THURSDAY 9/9

Nonleague

Orange Vista 34, Kaiser 20

FRIDAY 9/10

Nonleague

Cathedral City 61, Perris 14

Chaparral 44, Santiago 16

Temecula Valley 27, Diamond Ranch 0

Grand Terrace 28, Tahquitz 12

Etiwanda 51, Great Oak 16

Rancho Verde 49, Hemet 6

Xavier Prep 56, Linfield Christian 7

Palm Desert 35, Murrieta Mesa 16

Ontario Christian 21, Rancho Christian 6

Shadow Hills 21, Paloma Valley 7

Lakeside 21, Patriot 7

Ramona 42, Citrus Hill 6

Murrieta Valley 46, Roosevelt 12

San Jacinto 38, Temescal Canyon 20

Vista Murrieta 48, Upland 0

Scripps Ranch 42, Elsinore 7

Leadership Military Academy 55, San Jacinto Valley Academy 21

SATURDAY 9/11

Nonleague

Calipatria 26, St. Jeanne de Lastonnac 0

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