One month of high school football action has now taken place locally, and it happened in the blink of an eye. While there have been four weeks of competition, the schedule notes this past week as Week Three of the prep football season due to Zero Week games.

Week Three action took place starting Thursday, Sept. 7, around the southwest Riverside County region, with games concluding Saturday, Sept. 9. Scores, along with certain game notes for Week Three high school football games involving local teams inside our coverage area, were reported as follows:

Before their Week Three matchup against Chaparral High School, the Temecula Valley High School Jr. ROTC presents colors in a tribute to remember the events of 9/11. Valley News/David Canales photo

THURSDAY 9/7

Nonleague

San Gorgonio – 34, Citrus Hill – 0

Hillcrest – 42, Lakeside – 0

Tahquitz – 28, Linfield Christian – 19

Game notes – DJ Bryant, David Toney and Romeo Evans combined to run for 360 yards and four touchdowns, while the defense forced four turnovers to help Tahquitz High School remain undefeated with their 28-10 non-league victory over Linfield Christian High School. Bryant, normally a receiver, ran for 154 yards and two touchdowns on 13 carries. Toney ran for 132 yards on 18 carries while Evans completed six passes for 44 yards but did most of the work on the ground with 74 yards on nine carries. The Titans starting QB, Thomas Paschal, threw for 133 yards but left the game in the second half with an injury. Linfield Christian WR John Reynoso finished with four catches for 67 yards, and Dylan Cane had an interception for the Lions.Action Captures Media Group

Linfield Christian High School’s Micah Little (28) makes a diving tackle attempt of Tahquitz High School wide receiver DJ Bryant (11) in their Week Three matchup. Valley News/Action Captures Media Group

Rancho Christian – 35, Montclair – 7

Game notes: Rancho Christian High School dominated visiting Montclair High School in their 35-7 win as Blake Nadler threw two first quarter TD passes and the defense stopped the Cavaliers offense in its tracks. Thomas Dalton caught both of Nadler’s touchdown passes and threw another. Fausto Atilano ran for a touchdown and caught the touchdown pass from Dalton. Daniel Jones added 77 yards and a touchdown on the ground. David Canales, photographer.

Santa Rosa Academy – 52, California Military – 7

FRIDAY 9/8

Nonleague

Desert Mirage – 41, Anza Hamilton – 0

Chaparral – 42, Temecula Valley – 7

Game notes: This was the silver anniversary of the crosstown rivalry between Chaparral and Temecula Valley high schools, but it’s no longer a league matchup. With the Pumas representing the Big West Upper Division, and the Golden Bears representing the Big West Lower Division, it was Chaparral (3-1) that dominated the night with a 42-7 non-league victory. The Pumas scored on their first four possessions of the game to jump out to a 28-0 lead while their defense put the QB down seven times over the course of the game, led by Joseph Luedtke, who had three.

Temecula Valley was able to muster up a last-minute score to cut the lead to 28-7 just before halftime. The flags were flying in a pre-game display in remembrance of the fallen and to honor first responders and those that may have lost loved ones in the events of 9/11. Puma QB, Dash Beierly, ended the night completing 11 of 18 passes for 198 yards with 74 rushing yards of his own. Jayce Venable (Chaparral) led all rushers with 80 yards on 17 carries. Blake Lowe (Chaparral) added two receptions for 80 yards. For Temecula Valley, Jake Bester completed 9 of 16 passes for 107 yards and rushed 17 times for 58 yards. Chaparral has now won 18 of the 25 games in the series. – David Canales, photographer.

Hemet – 35, Rialto – 15

Paloma Valley – 37, Heritage – 0

Game notes: It was the annual Menifee Bowl as Paloma Valley High School’s Brady Nelson completed 19 of 28 passes for 320 yards and three touchdowns with another 68 yards and two touchdowns on the ground as the Wildcats beat their crosstown rival Heritage High School in their non-league matchup. Also contributing was Jeffrey Blalock who had four catches for 88 yards and two touchdowns, and Arthur Clemons with seven receptions for 100 yards and a touchdown. Action Captures Media Group

Heritage High School defender, Aragon Tankink (5), prepares to tackle Paloma Valley High School’s Damian Ramirez (21) during their Week Three game. Valley News/Action Captures Media Group

Murrieta Valley – 29, Murrieta Mesa – 25

Game notes: Don’t let their 0-4 record fool you, Murrieta Mesa High School had found the key to outscoring Murrieta Valley High School in their Week Three matchup as they held on to a 25-23 lead going into the fourth quarter. A flurry of botched 2-point conversions by both teams kept the game close in the second half, but it would be a Nighthawk pass with 10 minutes to go that would keep Murrieta Valley ahead for good. Murrieta Mesa had a chance to strike back with two minutes left in the game but turned the ball over on downs. Julian Silva paved the way for Murrieta Mesa with 19 completions in 31 attempts, connecting with Daniel Ritchie for two TDs and Taysean Jamison for another. Murrieta Valley had not updated their game stats at the time of this report.JP Raineri, Valley News Sports Editor

Murrieta Mesa High School RB Royal Randolph (32) is stopped in the backfield by Murrieta Valley High School linebackers Lima Tofilau (23) and Ethan Adams (52). Friday, Sept. 8. Valley News/Andrez Imaging

Elsinore – 38, Redlands East Valley – 29

San Jacinto – 21, Rancho Verde – 16

Great Oak – 28, Vista del Lago – 9

Game notes: Great Oak High School’s Ryder Smith had eleven tackles on the night against Vista del Lago High School to lead the defense with 11 tackles and also had two touchdown runs in their non-league bout. Wolfpack QB Cole Vasquez threw for 147 yards, and Jefferson Roberts added 125 yards and a touchdown on the ground. Caden Chapin also added his name to the highlight reel with a touchdown run and had one of the three interceptions by Great Oak’s defense. Rob Davis, photographer

Great Oak High School’s JT Trevino pulls in a tremendous catch during the Great Oak Homecoming game vs Vista De Lago High School. Valley News/Rob Davis Photography

West Valley – 22, Carter – 19

Intersectional

San Diego Del Norte – 28, Liberty – 21

San Marcos Mission Hills – 41, Orange Vista – 12

8-Man

Intersectional

Escondido Calvin Christian – 56, California Lutheran – 30

Cornerstone Christian – 58, Julian – 6

Game notes: Cornerstone Christian High School’s Devin Jarrett threw four touchdown passes and scored on the ground as the Crusaders (2-1) picked up another non-league win against Julian High School. Matthew Cole Contreras caught two of the Jarrett touchdowns passes and also ran for a touchdown. Jonathan DeLocht intercepted two passes and scored twice with an interception return and had a touchdown catch. – JP Raineri, Valley News Sports Editor

SATURDAY 9/9

Intersectional

Blythe Palo Verde Valley – 33, San Jacinto Valley Academy – 0

Calipatria – 34, St. Jeanne de Lestonnac – 20

Carlsbad Army-Navy – 49, Temecula Prep – 0

*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? Want to leave a game note? Let us know if your school is inside our coverage area and would like to be mentioned.

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

JP Raineri
JP Raineri

JP is an award-winning multimedia journalist, and head of the Sports Department for the Valley News. Over his time in the Temecula Valley, JP, a former Southwestern League head baseball coach, was also an on-air radio personality at Q103.3, KATY 101.3, Hot 103.9, and was a television host for the Outdoor Channel. When not covering local, or national sports, JP also serves as an Associate Baseball Scout with NSR.