A plethora of catchphrases can be used to wrap up the regular season, but we will stick with the infamous Looney Tunes mantra and say, that’s all folks! Despite this season being affected by COVID-19, yet again, the final games of the prep football regular season took place last week, and the CIF Southern Section post season schedules have already been posted at http://www.cifss.org. There weren’t too many surprises in the wake of league championship decider-games, though there were some exciting matchups that could have been.
For the Southwestern League, Murrieta Valley (7-3, 5-0) won their first league title since capturing back-to-back championships in 2016 and 2017 behind the arm of Hank Bachmeier, who is now at Boise State. The Nighthawks title this year came at the hands of another Bachmeier sibling, as well as the steadfast arm of senior Brandon Rose and Travis Karg in the backfield.
Tiger Bachmeier had his usual productive night on offense, hauling in five receptions for 103 yards and two touchdowns, but he also thrilled the home crowd with two kickoff returns for touchdowns as Murrieta Valley won the Southwestern League title outright with a 55-36 victory over Chaparral (6-4, 3-2 in league).
Rose threw four touchdowns on the night, the two aforementioned Bachmeier scores as well as two to J.T. Saenz, and also scored on his own eight-yard run. The Nighthawk QB completed 11 of 20 passes for 229 yards, while running back Travis Karg added 119 yards on 17 carries and a touchdown.
Junior Devyne Pearson, who had to fill in for Chaparral’s injured running back Hunter Roddy, gained 233 yards on 31 carries. Caron Tyler, who had led the air assault for the Pumas all season before getting hurt, scored two touchdowns on the ground and made an appearance at QB on quite a few plays. Freshman Dash Beierly threw for 154 yards and one touchdown, but also had two interceptions. The Pumas rushed for 314 yards. Both teams will open the CIF Southern Section playoffs this week.
Down Interstate 15, in Lake Elsinore, Tigers senior running back Donovan Harvey rushed for 294 yards on 19 carries and had three touchdowns to lead his team to a 44-34 victory over crosstown rival Temescal Canyon in their Ivy League match-up.
With the win and Heritage High School’s victory over Notre Dame, Elsinore (7-3, 3-1 in league) will share the league championship with them but will be the No. 1 team from the Ivy League. Temescal Canyon, who finished as the league’s third-place team and did not clinch a spot in the CIF playoffs. Elsinore ended the night rushing for 461 yards and had 509 yards in total offense.
Temescal Canyon’s Koa Apana completed 21 of 32 passes for 227 yards and added 56 yards on the ground. Titan receiver Grant Givens hauled in 10 receptions for 93 yards.
More quick game recaps
Vista Murrieta 65, Murrieta Mesa 7: Gavin Galzote rushed for 150 yards and three touchdowns as the Broncos (8-2, 4-1) won their final Southwestern League game of the regular season. Grant Wayne, Marquice Woodson and Matthew Caldera each chipped in with two touchdowns.
North 35, Rancho Verde 20: Jaidyn Gamble threw two touchdown passes, and Venasio Mikaele rushed for 147 yards and a pair of touchdowns as the Huskies (10-0) finished off their perfect season. Ahson Elliot had six catches for 117 yards and a touchdown and also scored once on the ground.
Hamilton 26, Nuview Bridge 20: Jamal Robinson rushed for 120 yards and a touchdown and tossed a touchdown pass as the Bobcats (5-4, 4-1) clinched a share of the South Valley League championship. Hunter Blackmore threw a pair of touchdown passes to Ethan Scott.
Other Week 10 prep football scores from around the valley include:
South Valley League
Hamilton (4-1, 5-4) 26, Nuview Bridge (4-1, 4-5) 20
Temecula Prep (2-3, 2-7) 46, St. Jeanne de Lestonnac (0-5, 0-6) 13
Murrieta Valley (5-0, 7-3) 55, Chaparral (2-3, 6-4) 36
Vista Murrieta (4-1, 8-2) 65, Murrieta Mesa (0-5, 0-9) 7
Temecula Valley (2-3, 7-3) 16, Great Oak (1-4, 3-7) 0
St. Margaret’s (6-4) 49, Rancho Christian (2-8) 14
North (5-0, 10-0) 35, Rancho Verde (1-4, 2-7) 20
Linfield Christian (2-2, 2-7) 26, Arrowhead Christian (0-4, 4-6) 6
Inland Valley League
Riverside Poly (3-1, 6-4) 22 at Lakeside (3-2, 6-4) 16
Elsinore (3-1, 7-3) 44, Temescal Canyon (4-1, 7-3) 34
Heritage (3-1, 5-5) 48, Notre Dame (0-4, 0-9) 7
Cornerstone Christian (2-2, 3-5) 36, California Lutheran (2-1, 5-3) 20
Mountain Pass League
San Jacinto (4-0, 8-1) 48, Citrus Hill (1-3, 1-8) 0
Tahquitz (3-1, 4-4) 55, Perris (0-4, 2-8) 26
Orange Vista (3-2, 6-4) 41, Hemet (1-3, 4-6) 6
Paloma Valley (2-3, 2-7) 60, Valley View (0-4, 1-9) 21
West Valley (3-2, 7-3) 22, Canyon Springs (0-5, 4-6) 14
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