Travis Karg (33) breaks into the open after crossing the line of scrimmage during league play Friday, Oct. 8. Valley News/Andrez Imaging

With three weeks to go in the high school football regular season, things are going to quickly turn into a mad dash for the playoffs, especially for those teams that are falling behind in the standings. The season is rolling into Week Eight, which means there is a lot of work that can still be done, but it must be done quickly. With the completion of Week Seven games, as always, the Southwestern League is a good place to start with when it comes to recaps. Of the three games played, a total of 14 points were put up by teams that lost, and for the teams that won, almost 120 points lit up the scoreboard.

First up, in a home game, Murrieta Valley defeated Great Oak, 42-7, and the week prior, the Nighthawks beat Temecula Valley 56-0. That is nearly 100 points on the plus side, and only one TD their defense has given up in league play. With Chaparral taking a loss last week, and Vista Murrieta still undefeated in league, all eyes are on the Oct. 22 match-up between the two league-title contenders.

As for Week Seven, Nighthawk senior quarterback Brandon Rose looks to already be in playoff form completing 16 of 20 passes and throwing for 335 yards and four touchdowns in the first half alone. Murrieta Valley (2-0 in league; 4-3 overall) scored touchdowns on four of their five first possessions to take an early 28-7 lead.

Murrieta Valley RB Asa Chatman (32) stiff-arms his way past Great Oak defender, Ashton Hauptman (88), Friday, Oct. 8. Valley News/Andrez Imaging

In the second half, Murrieta Valley running backs Travis Karg and Asa Chatman combined to rush for 173 yards to lead the running game. The Nighthawk offense ended the night with 579 yards on offense and its defense forced three second-half punts and sacked Great Oak’s Cole Vasquez twice. Great Oak has only beaten the Nighthawks twice in their 16-year history of playing against each other.

Rose finished the game completing 21 of 26 passes for 401 yards and hooked up with Tiger Bachmeier six times with receptions totaling 141 yards, as well as Tayven Lamprey, who added five catches for 116 yards.

Vasquez completed 11 of 21 passes for 127 yards, running back Robert Russ gained 48 yards on eight carries for Great Oak and receiver Cade Bryant led the Wolfpack with four receptions. Murrieta Valley will travel to Murrieta Mesa this week and Great Oak will host Vista Murrieta.

Further down Interstate 15, in Menifee to be exact, a second-half touchdown reception by Grant Givens was the clutch answer for Temescal Canyon in Week Seven action as the Titans defeated Heritage for the first time in school history. Temescal Canyon won the Ivy League bout 21-14. This was the 11th time the two schools had met, dating back to their first meeting in 2010.

Zachary Horton (3) of Temescal Canyon, pictured here earlier this season, helped Temescal Canyon defeat Heritage for the first time in school history during Week Seven action. Valley News/Andrez Imaging

Quarterback Koa Apana led the way for the Titans, completing 20 of 26 passes for 194 yards and had 61 yards on 10 rushing attempts. Givens finished his night with 10 receptions for 80 yards. Heritage (2-5, 1-1) was led by Jason Chupany who totaled 66 yards on 11 attempts. Jaylen Tanniehill scored both touchdowns for the Patriots with his 23 yards on the night.

More quick game recaps

Vista Murrieta (2-0, 6-1) 51, Temecula Valley (0-2, 5-2) 0: Quarterback Brady Jones threw for 311 yards to help the Broncos pick up their second straight Southwestern League win. Grant Wayne caught three touchdown passes for Vista Murrieta (6-1, 2-0) while Gavin Galzote led the rushing game with 60 yards and a TD.

Elsinore (5-2) 28, Hemet (1-0, 4-3) 7: Donovan Harvey, the area’s leading rusher, ran for 176 yards and a touchdown as the Tigers beat Hemet in a nonleague bout. Jamari Jones scored a pair of touchdowns for Elsinore (5-2).

Chaparral (1-1, 4-3) 25, Murrieta Mesa (0-2, 0-6) 7: Hunter Roddy rushed for 89 yards and three touchdowns as the Pumas (4-3, 1-1) handed the Rams their sixth straight loss of the season.

Hamilton (2-0, 3-3) 62, St. Jeanne de Lestonnac (0-4, 0-5) 7: The Hamilton Bobcats rushed for 471 yards to win their second consecutive South Valley League game this season. Jamal Robinson ran for 191 yards on 23 carries, and Rafael Marquez added 123 yards on 14 carries for Hamilton (3-3, 2-0).

Nuview Bridge (3-0, 3-3) 48, Santa Rosa Academy (2-1, 3-3) 13:

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Other Week Seven prep football scores from around the valley include


Inland Valley League

Vista del Lago (2-0, 4-3) 27, Lakeside (1-1, 4-3) 0


Ivy League

Temescal Canyon (2-0, 5-2) 21, Heritage (1-1, 2-5) 14

Rancho Verde (1-0, 1-4) 50, Notre Dame (0-2, 0-6) 8

Mountain Pass League

Citrus Hill (1-0, 0-5) 38, Perris (0-2, 1-6) 0

Tahquitz (1-1, 2-3) 28, West Valley (1-1, 4-2) 27 (2OT)

Sunbelt League

North (2-0, 7-0) 40, Paloma Valley (0-2, 0-6) 15

Orange Vista (1-1, 4-3) 51, Valley View (0-2, 0-7) 14


Ocean View (2-5) 36, Temecula Prep (0-4, 0-7) 16

University Pathways (1-3) 36, Cal Lutheran (3-2) 12


Victory League

San Jacinto Valley Academy (4-3, 2-0) 57, La Verne Lutheran (0-2, 0-5) 22

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