Nighthawks lead the way as league champions

The Southwestern League football coaches and Darin Mott, athletic director of Murrieta Valley High School, recently met to go over the selections for the First and Second All-Southwestern League Offensive and Defensive teams. The first-place team always hosts the meeting with their school’s athletic director, which went the way of the Nighthawks this season.

Based on where a SWL team placed also determines how many selections that team will get. Also in play are the Most Outstanding player award, Co-Offensive and Co-Defensive awards, Outstanding Lineman award and the Outstanding Special Teams Player award.

For the Offensive Teams, Murrieta Valley (7-4) was awarded eight selections, Vista Murrieta (9-3) had six, Chaparral (8-5), Temecula Valley (10-4), and Great Oak (3-7) all had four selections and Murrieta Mesa (0-9) was awarded three. On the defensive side of the ball, Murrieta Valley was again given eight selections, Vista Murrieta had six, Chaparral, Great Oak and Temecula Valley each had four and Murrieta Mesa, who failed to win a game this season, was given five selections.

As for top honors overall, Murrieta Valley’s senior QB Brandon Rose, who led the Nighthawks to their first SWL title since 2017 and threw for over 3000 yards with 33 TDs, was named the Most Outstanding Player of the league this year. Other notable offensive honors went to Co-MVPs Tiger Bachmeier of Murrieta Valley (11) and Gavin Galzote of Vista Murrieta (12). Bachmeier had 16 TDs with over 1400 yards receiving, and Galzote rushed for 22 TDs and almost 1800 yards on the ground.

Murrieta Valley QB Brandon Rose, who led the Nighthawks to their second Southwestern League title in the last five years, including an undefeated season this year, was named the Most Outstanding Player of the league. Valley News/David Canales photo

As for defense, special teams and kicking, the top honors went to:

Co-Defensive MVPs:

Alexander Poyer – Vista Murrieta – 12; Darius Knight – Temecula Valley – 12

Co-Lineman MVPs:

Jake Steele – Murrieta Valley – 12; Anthony D’Ambra – Vista Murrieta – 12

Special Teams MVP:

Cody Stordahl – Chaparral – 12

Kicker of the Year:

Noah Serna – Murrieta Valley – 12

Vista Murrieta RB Gavin Galzote, was named Co-Offensive MVP of the Southwestern League after rushing for 22 touchdowns on the season. Valley News/Action Captures Media Group

2021 All Southwestern League Football Teams

First Team Offense

Tayven Lamprey – Murrieta Valley – 12

Calvin Ampudia – Murrieta Valley – 12

Jason Steele – Murrieta Valley – 11

Travis Karg – Murrieta valley – 11

Jack Pedersen – Vista Murrieta – 12

Brady Jones – Vista Murrieta – 12

Josh Stovall – Vista Murrieta – 12

Hunter Roddy – Chaparral – 12

Izaiah Souriolle – Chaparral – 11

Sam Gbatu – Temecula Valley – 12

Chris Torres – Temecula Valley – 12

Sean Givens – Great Oak – 12

Andre Skelton – Great Oak – 10

Jacob Van Patten – Murrieta Mesa – 12

Murrieta Valley WR Tiger Bachmeier, who hauled in 16 TDs this past season, was named Co-Offensive MVP of the Southwestern League. Valley News/Jerry Soifer photo

First Team Defense

Kameron Davenport – Murrieta Valley – 11

Gabriel Serna – Murrieta Valley – 11

Colby Lott – Murrieta Valley – 12

Curtis Kemp – Murrieta Valley – 10

Steven Arteaga – Vista Murrieta – 12

Caleb Poyer – Vista Murrieta – 11

Luke Matthews – Vista Murrieta – 12

Trevor Crump – Chaparral – 12

Devyne Pearson – Chaparral – 11

Jake Sinz – Temecula Valley – 11

Lucas Valencia – Temecula Valley – 11

Ryder Chapin – Great Oak – 11

Troy Bean – Great Oak – 11

Cade Moran – Murrieta Mesa – 12

C.J. Moran – Murrieta Mesa – 10

Chimobi Onye – Murrieta Mesa – 12

Murrieta Valley’s standout lineman duo, and brothers, Jake Steele (78) and Jason Steele (76) were given top honors this season. Jake was Co-Lineman MVP, and Jason earned First Team All-League. Valley News/Courtesy photo

Second Team Offense

Brandon Gilbert – Murrieta Valley – 9

Teegan Caldwell – Murrieta Valley – 12

Asa Chatman – Murrieta Valley – 10

J.T. Saenz – Murrieta Valley – 11

Ezekiel Vestal – Vista Murrieta – 12

Feagaimaali Faaagi – Vista Murrieta – 12

Grant Wayne – Vista Murrieta – 11

Raymond Valencia – Chaparral – 11

Ayden Schoebel – Chaparral – 12

Christian Kretz – Temecula Valley – 12

Zach Zella – Temecula Valley – 12

Jason Pugal – Great Oak – 12

Stephen Whelan – Great Oak – 12

Nathaniel Berg – Murrieta Mesa – 11

Zephanaia Fasthorse – Murrieta Mesa – 12

Temecula Valley’s Darius Knight (66), seen here making a tackle on an Elsinore player last season, was named as Co-Defensive MVP in the Southwestern League this year.

Second Team Defense

Gio Monge – Murrieta Valley – 9

Toetu Faoliu – Murrieta Valley – 10

Devin Hoze – Murrieta Valley – 11

Daniel Romo – Murrieta Valley – 12

Emilio Gutierrez – Vista Murrieta – 12

Deshaun Brooks – Vista Murrieta – 11

Andrew Poyer – Vista Murrieta – 10

Carsten Mamaril – Chaparral – 12

Tanner Crawford – Chaparral – 12

Caleb Madrid – Temecula Valley – 12

Jaden Eddy – Temecula Valley – 10

Jake Gonzalez – Great Oak – 12

Remington Churchward – Great Oak – 11

Vincent Perryman – Murrieta Mesa – 11

Izaiah Rivas – Murrieta Mesa – 11

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