The start of league games is almost like starting over for many teams. A tough preseason schedule can help prepare a well-balanced team, while an easy schedule will more than likely be deceiving. Those exact examples can be found in this week’s recap, and more. The Southwestern League is always a good place to start, and already, after Week One of league games, this season is looking to come down to another showdown between Murrieta Valley and Vista Murrieta.
The defending Southwestern League champion Vista Murrieta Broncos opened league play Friday night, defeating the host Chaparral Pumas, 35-0. After a season opening loss to Norco, Vista Murrieta picked up their fifth straight win Friday, Oct. 1, at Chaparral High School. This was also the Broncos twelfth consecutive victory over Chaparral (0-1, 3-3), backed by a high-powered defense that forced eight Puma punts, had two interceptions, and held the host team to just 96 yards on the ground.
Vista Murrieta (1-0, 5-1) was led by Galvin Galzote, who ended the night gaining 147 yards on 10 carries. Matthew Caldera added 73 yards on 11 carries and QB Brady Jones completed 8 of 14 passes for 172 yards. Chaparral was led by Hunter Roddy, who rushed for 71 yards on 20 carries. Caron Tyler finished the game completing 15 of 23 passes for 73 yards and receiver Jake Whitehead had six receptions for 51 yards. Vista Murrieta will host Temecula Valley in Week Seven, while Chaparral will be at home against Murrieta Mesa.
In a Thursday night match-up, Temecula Valley (0-1, 5-1) came out swinging with a 5-0 record against Murrieta Valley (1-0, 3-3), but QB Brandon Rose was unphased. Rose threw for 324 yards and six touchdowns in the game, matching his career high with TD passes. Three of those went the way of Tiger Bachmeier, who had 154 yards on the night and the other half to Tayven Lamprey, who finished with five catches for 150 yards.
Temecula Valley did come into the league opener missing several key players due to injury, which continued to be the case in their Week Six match-up. Christian Kretz and Ryan Sanchez combined to run for 110 yards early in the game, but Kretz injured his collarbone in the first quarter and Sanchez left in the second quarter with an unclarified injury. Neither player returned to the game. Temecula Valley’s Ben Botelho completed 14 of 24 passes for 123 yards. Murrieta Valley will host Great Oak in Week Seven.
The other big game in the area was the Menifee Bowl, which saw running back Jason Chupany find the end zone four times as Heritage routed Paloma Valley 47-10. Chupany rushed for 79 yards on 13 attempts, helping the Patriots pick up their first victory since Week 0. Heritage (2-4) sealed the victory in the second half by scoring three unanswered touchdowns, two coming from Chupany and one from Jaylen Tanniehill, who scored on a 29-yard rushing touchdown.
Patriots quarterback Hayden Lara completed 9 of his 12 passes for 123 yards while also rushing for 34 yards on five attempts. Tanniehill helped the Heritage rushing effort with 68 yards on just five carries. Gallegos led the Wildcats in rushing with 77 yards on 16 carries while Brady Nelson added 30 yards on the ground with his four attempts.
More quick game recaps
Elsinore (1-0, 4-2) 15, Rancho Verde (0-1, 1-4) 12: The Tigers scored 15 unanswered points in the second half during their Thursday night game and held on to defeat Rancho Verde 15-12 in an Ivy League opener. Jamari Jones finished his night with 20 carries for 161 yards. Dylan Riley led the Rancho Verde offense with 15 carries for 112 yards, while teammate Davon Reese hauled in six receptions for 85 yards. The win was Elsinore’s first over Rancho Verde since 2012.
Lakeside (1-0, 4-2) 21, Moreno Valley (0-1, 2-1) 14: In a game that was tied through the final seconds of play, Lakeside scored on their final play to pick up their first Ivy League win of the season. The Lancers used three different runners to produce 121 yards on the ground.
Linfield Christian 19 (1-0, 1-5), Western Christian 0 (0-1, 5-1): The Lions held the undefeated Fighting Lancers scoreless, picking up their first win of the season in return with their 19-0 victory. Jonathan Aguilera threw for 89 yards and 2 TDs for Linfield, running back Braylen Munson-McDowell (40 yards, 14 carries) ran in a TD of his own, and freshman Jett Blackshear led the rushing attack with 55 yards on 7 carries.
Capistrano Valley Christian 14 (6-1), Santa Rosa Academy 6 (2-0, 3-2):
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Other Week Six prep football scores from around the valley include:
MOUNTAIN PASS LEAGUE
San Jacinto 22 (1-0, 5-1), Tahquitz 0 (0-1, 1-3)
West Valley 42 (1-0, 4-1), Perris 0 (0-1, 1-5)
Temescal Canyon 45 (1-0, 4-2), Notre Dame 26 (0-1, 0-5)
South Valley League
California Military Institute 21 (2-1, 2-4), Temecula Prep 12 (0-3, 0-6)
Nuview Bridge 56 (2-0, 2-3), St. Jeanne de Lestonnac 0 (0-3, 0-4)
Great Oak 24 (1-0, 3-3), Murrieta Mesa 10 (0-1, 0-5)
Hemet 23 (1-0, 4-2), Valley View 14 (0-1, 0-6)
North 20 (1-0, 6-0), Orange Vista 10 (0-1, 3-3)
San Jacinto Valley Academy 69 (1-0, 3-3), United Christian 32 (0-1, 0-3)
Heritage 47 (2-4), Paloma Valley 10 (0-5)
Riverside Poly 41 (3-3), Citrus Hill 6 (0-5)
Rancho Christian 50 (2-5), Adelanto 14 (1-5)
Cantwell-Sacred Heart 50 (5-1), Hamilton 0 (1-0, 2-3)
Flintridge Prep 41 (3-1), Cornerstone Christian 0 (1-1, 1-4)
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