Prep Football: Week Five recap for area teams

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Temecula Prep quarterback Vincent Warren (6) throws a pass to Temecula Prep wide receiver Wyatt Lynch (8). Valley News/Action Captures Media Group
[Photo] Temecula Prep quarterback Vincent Warren (6) throws a pass to Temecula Prep wide receiver Wyatt Lynch (8). Valley News/Action Captures Media Group

— The high school football season is past the halfway point, week five of ten is in the books, and it is time to start thinking about making it to the postseason. In the grand scheme of things, preseason records only really count for strength of schedule as league play begins. Some teams, like those in the lower divisions (including private schools), have already begun league play, so with that said, winning records, especially in league, are of the utmost importance now.

This past week, only a couple of handfuls of local prep football teams played as most programs have started taking advantage of their Week Zero games. Starting earlier in the school year, by one week, gives teams a bye-week anywhere in their schedule, which a sizable number of coaches use before league play begins. It can help in the sense of healing for the banged-up players, it gives personnel a chance to regroup on things that may not be working, and it can hinder progress sometimes in the sense of losing momentum after a good couple of weeks of football.

With the playoffs lurking in the distance, here are scores for the Week Five high school football games involving local teams inside our coverage area.

THURSDAY, SEPT. 22

San Jacinto Valley (0-6) – 0, Academy at Don Lugo (2-3) – 45

FRIDAY, SEPT. 23

Hamilton (0-5) – 29, Bermuda Dunes Desert Christian (3-3) – 47

Sherman Indian (0-1) – 0, St. Jeanne de Lestonnac (3-1) – 6

Indian Springs (3-2) – 7, West Valley (5-0) – 21

Lone Pine (4-1) – 2, Cornerstone Christian (0-5) – 0 (F)

Paloma Valley (4-2) – 12, Orange Vista (5-0) – 41

Perris (5-0) – 27, Pacific (0-5) – 3

Rialto (2-3) – 8, Hemet (4-1) – 31

San Clemente (4-2) – 31, Murrieta Valley (4-1) – 48

Vista Murrieta (4-1) – 21, Rancho Cucamonga (4-2) – 39

SATURDAY, SEPT. 24

Webb (1-3) – 6, Temecula Prep (2-2) – 17

Editors’ notes from last week include games from both the powerhouse Murrieta teams, as well as a Paloma Valley team that was coming off back-to-back wins. Starting with Murrieta Valley (4-1), the Nighthawks rushed for 224 yards, passed for 204 yards and their defense had two big interceptions in a victory over San Clemente 48-31 last Friday night.

Murrieta Valley’s Asa Chatman (1) provides pass protection for quarterback Bear Bachmeier during Week Five action at home. Valley News/Action Captures Media Group

Sophomore quarterback Bear Bachmeier got the Nighthawks on the board on their first drive, throwing a two-yard touchdown pass to running back Jose Zapata. Bachmeier then connected with receiver Kurelle Thomas on a seven-yard touchdown to give the Nighthawks a 14-0 lead. In fact, Murrieta Valley scored touchdowns on its first four possessions of the game, gathering 283 yards of total offense in the first half alone.

San Clemente (4-2) looked like they had an answer when they drove into Murrieta Valley territory early in the first quarter, but a Bryce Terhune interception of San Clemente’s QB Broderick Redden changed things up drastically. Bachmeier and the Nighthawks would drive 96 yards in ten plays to go up 20-0 when running back Asa Chatman scored on a three-yard touchdown run.

The two teams would trade back-and-forth scores in the second quarter when Redden hooked up with Thomas Hartanov on a 38-yard score, which was answered quickly by Bachmeier, who threw a 46-yard touchdown to older brother Tiger. Redden cut the lead to 27-14 with 37 seconds left in the first half when he again found an open Hartanov for a 22-yard score.

When the dust settled, Murrieta Valley’s momentum was too much to contain as Bear completed 14 of 20 passes for 204 yards and three touchdowns, scoring one on the ground, while older brother Tiger led the Nighthawk receivers, hauling in six passes for 101 yards, along with his lone TD. Chatman added 174 yards on the ground with his 30 carries, scoring twice in the game.

Redden ended the night completing 18 of 31 passes for 221 yards and Hartanov had six receptions for 115 yards. Murrieta Valley will kick off play in the new Big West Conference Upper Division at Roosevelt this week.

Speaking of Big West Conference Upper Division teams, all eyes will be on Vista Murrieta this week after suffering their first loss of the season, which came by way of the Rancho Cucamonga Cougars. Rancho Cucamonga’s Boise State-bound senior C.J. Tiller, who suffered a concussion last week, did not start at QB for the Cougars; instead it was freshman Jacob Chambers. The young buck filled in nicely as he completed 23 of 28 passes for 361 yards and three touchdowns and no interceptions.

In the first half, Chambers completed 18 of 22 passes for 260 yards with his top target being junior Jonah Dawson, who caught nine passes for 232 yards and two touchdowns, of 98 and 64 yards. Vista Murrieta had no answer for their offense, or the tough defense they encountered, which should prepare them for the league they are about to embark on. Three plays into the second half, it was 32-0, before the Cougars took their foot off the gas pedal.

The Broncos would get on the scoreboard in the fourth quarter when sophomore QB Akili Smith Jr. threw touchdown passes to A.J. Jones and Grant Wayne. Vista Murrieta will open up league play against Norco this week. Norco is coming off a 47-7 win over Santiago, sporting a 3-2 record.

Vista Murrieta’s Caleb Poyer (91) prepares to line up against Rancho Cucamonga’s high-powered offense. Valley News/SBLive courtesy photo

“Vista Murrieta is no doubt a great team, in a new tougher league,” Rancho Cucamonga head coach Brian Hildebrand said. “We had to control the clock late in the game. We knew they would be able to rally given the chance, and the fourth quarter shows that.”

Final game notes come from the Orange Vista versus Paloma Valley game. The Wildcats, fresh off of back-to-back wins, including their first-ever Menifee Bowl win over Heritage, could not contain the undefeated Coyotes, who have a powerful back in Sire Gaines. The junior, who is listed as a strong safety, and wide receiver, rushed for 208 yards and three touchdowns as Orange Vista stayed unbeaten with their 41-12 non league victory.

Paloma Valley highlights came from Brady Nelson, who passed for two touchdowns in the loss. The Wildcats got on the scoreboard in the second quarter when Nelson connected with Noah Howard for a 59-yard touchdown. Their other score came as time ran out in the game, however both PATs were missed in the game, resulting in only 12 points being scored.

Paloma Valley could not get much of a running game going against Orange Vista in their Week Five matchup. Valley News/Action Captures Media Group

Other Week Five wins came from St. Jeanne de Lestonnac and Temecula Prep, as well schools from just outside this year’s sports coverage area as Hemet, West Valley and Perris all had victories.

This season the Valley News Sports Department will be focusing on the schools and sports inside a limited coverage area due to print space and manpower. Those schools include Great Oak, Temecula Valley, Chaparral, Murrieta Valley, Murrieta Mesa, Vista Murrieta, Linfield Christian, Rancho Christian, Elsinore, Paloma Valley, Liberty, St. Jeanne de Lestonnac, Heritage, Temecula Prep, Hamilton (Anza), Cornerstone Christian, Temescal Canyon, Lakeside and the River Springs Charter Schools (no football programs).

*All stats, schedules, photos, and scores are supplied by local high school athletic directors, MaxPreps, CIF-SS offices, contributing writers/photographers and countless fans of the games via social media. Is your team’s score missing? Let us know if your school is inside our coverage area and would like to be mentioned.

To submit any additions or corrections to the schedule or stats, please email sports@reedermedia.com.

JP Raineri can be reached by email at jp@reedermedia.com.