Murrieta Mesa’s Cade Moran (23) is brought down by a Murrieta Valley defender during league play at Murrieta Mesa High School Friday, Oct. 15. Valley News/Andrez Imaging

— Only two weeks remain in the high school football regular season. That’s it. Two weeks to figure out what needs to be done to advance through to the playoffs. Some teams, who might not have had the best of seasons, can still be spoilers for other teams when it comes to the elusive league title, as long as complacency doesn’t set in for those with no hope. With the completion of Week Eight games, the Southwestern League is still where most of the eyes in the valley are focused as both the Murrieta Valley Nighthawks and Vista Murrieta Broncos remain undefeated in league. Both teams managed to put up healthy numbers again in Week Eight, while only allowing a combined 13 points from their competition.

The only Southwestern League game that saw a decent amount of action from both sides was the Chaparral and Temecula Valley bout. The Pumas, who had quite a few of their top players sidelined for recovery reasons, struggled to move the ball as they only led 20-13 going into halftime. Unfortunately, the Golden Bears would be no match for Chaparral’s second half rebound as the Pumas scored five touchdowns to defeat their crosstown rival host, 55-27.

Chaparral’s freshman quarterback Dash Beierly, who got the start in place of injured Caron Tyler, threw for four touchdowns and senior running back Hunter Roddy added three rushing touchdowns as Chaparral (5-3, 2-1) unloaded on the Golden Bears. Temecula Valley quarterback Jake Bester threw two fourth quarter touchdowns, an 8-yard pass to Gavin Howell and a 77-yard touchdown to Samuel Gbatu.

Beierly finished the night completing 18 of 28 passes to nine different receivers for 277 yards and Roddy ended the game rushing for 143 yards on 20 carries. Bester completed 17 of 29 passes for 257 yards and Gbatu hauled in six receptions for 176 yards.

As the game concluded, both teams set the tone for an amazing gesture as Temecula Valley senior Brody Lock was given the ball at the 40-yard line and scored a non-counting touchdown. Afterward Lock was celebrated by members of both teams in the end zone.

Brody Lock, TVHS football team manager. Valley News/Courtesy photo

Lock has been the Team Manager for Temecula Valley all four of his high school years. His job has been to run out and pick up the tee after every kickoff.

“He has earned respect from his peers for his energy, team spirit and engagement with the crowd,” TV football mom and local business owner Charity Prestifilippo, who also runs the nonprofit “Charity for Charity” said.

In an online video description, it was noted that at the last home game, Lock also won Homecoming King and in last week’s game against Chaparral, proving the school’s love, respect and admiration for him, he was given the opportunity to suit up for senior night.

“This is the last time this team would play on their home field, so Brody suited up in full uniform for one of the biggest moments of his life,” Prestifilippo, who uploaded the video on social media, added.

Just down the Interstate 15 freeway, Temescal Canyon’s Grant Givens had a night hauling in three touchdown receptions in the first half of the Titan’s Week Eight 34-22 victory over Rancho Verde in Ivy League play.

Givens had 5 catches for 78 yards for the Titans, who also managed three turnovers by the defense and a pair of key field goals to secure the win late in the game. Rancho Verde did find their way back in the game early on with a pair of rushing touchdowns from Rickey Renwrick and Dylan Riley, only trailing 21-14 at the half after Givens recorded his third touchdown reception. Temescal Canyon would score 10 unanswered points to start the second half, which would be enough to secure the victory. The boot from Titan kicker Ismael Figueroa would be the edge they needed after he drilled shots from 38 and 44 yards to fend off the Mustangs.

Temescal Canyon (6-2, 3-0) quarterback Koa Apana completed 14 of 25 passes for 221 yards while rushing for 60 yards. Zachary Horton had four receptions for 54 yards and teammate Sonny Kessell helped with three catches for 53 yards. Riley led Rancho Verde (2-5, 1-2) on the ground with 21 carries for 152 yards, while Renwrick gained 94 yards on 15 attempts.

More quick game recaps

Murrieta Valley (3-0, 5-3) 49, Murrieta Mesa (0-3, 0-7) 7: Brandon Rose passed for 271 yards and three touchdowns and added another score on the ground in the Nighthawks (5-3, 3-0) third straight Southwestern League win. Tiger Bachmeier had six catches for 129 yards and a touchdown, and Kavin Young caught two touchdown passes. Asa Chatman scored twice on the ground.

Vista Murrieta (3-0, 7-1) 38, Great Oak (1-2, 3-5) 6: Brady Jones threw four touchdown passes and ran for another as the Broncos (7-1, 3-0) picked up their third straight Southwestern League win as well. Grant Wayne had two touchdown receptions for Vista Murrieta, and Gavin Galzote and Jack Pedersen each had one for the Broncos as well.

North (3-0, 8-0) 41, Hemet (1-1, 4-4) 7: Jaidyn Gamble threw for 193 yards and five touchdowns as the Huskies (8-0, 3-0) win. Ashar Granger, Ahson Elliott and Damien Allala each scored two touchdowns for North.

San Jacinto (1-0, 5-1) 49, West Valley (1-2, 4-3) 0: Dereun Dortch threw two touchdown passes, and David Myers added two touchdowns on the ground as the Tigers (6-1, 2-0) coasted to a Mountain Pass League win.

California School for the Deaf – Riverside (2-0, 7-0) 60, San Jacinto Valley Academy (2-1, 4-4) 15: Trevin Adams threw for 374 yards and six touchdowns and also ran for 111 yards and two touchdowns as the Cubs (7-0, 3-0) won their Victory League match-up. Jory Valencia and Felix Gonzalez caught three touchdowns apiece, and Valencia also registered his seventh interception of the season.

Heritage (2-1, 3-5) 15, Elsinore (1-1, 5-3) 14: Isaac Ahmed kicked a field goal during the final minute as the Patriots (3-5, 1-1) rallied for an Ivy League victory. Heritage came back after trailing 15-6 early in the fourth quarter. Donovan Harvey rushed for 80 yards and a touchdown for Elsinore (5-3, 1-1).

Lakeside (2-1, 5-3) 35, Canyon Springs (0-3, 4-4) 3: Darius Norwood and Braiden Toohey combined to rush for 265 yards and two touchdowns as the Lancers (5-3, 2-1) won their second Inland Valley League game. Rene Maldonado threw a touchdown pass and ran for another.

Hamilton (3-0, 4-3) 21, Santa Rosa Academy (2-2, 3-4) 12:

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


Sunbelt League

Orange Vista (2-1, 5-3) 28, Paloma Valley (0-3, 0-7) 21 (2 OT)

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Ambassador League

Ontario Christian (2-0, 5-1-1) 52, Linfield Christian (1-1, 1-6) 0

Mountain Pass League

Tahquitz (2-1, 3-3) 31, Citrus Hill (1-1, 1-6) 6

South Valley League

Nuview Bridge (4-0, 4-3) 21, California Military Institute (2-2, 2-5) 0


Vista del Lago (3-0, 5-3) 69, Perris (0-3, 1-7) 12


Majestic League

Cal Lutheran (1-0, 4-2) 56, Calvary Baptist (1-1, 4-3) 48


Cornerstone Christian (1-1, 2-4) 34, Southlands Christian (0-5) 0

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