It’s time to let the games begin…well, the beginning of the league games, that is. Homecoming games will take their course at schools around the area for the next few weeks, but the buzz this week was the start of league games for many of the local teams. All the action took place from Thursday, Sept. 28, around the southwest Riverside County region, with games concluding Saturday, Sept. 30. Scores, along with certain game notes for Week Six high school football games involving local teams inside our coverage area, were reported as follows:

THURSDAY 9/28

Big West Conference-Upper Division

  • Centennial (4-2, 1-0) – 58, Chaparral (4-2, 0-1) – 19

Game notes: Chaparral got off to a strong start in their Big West Conference-Upper Division opener against Centennial. They went 73 yards on 10 plays on the opening drive to grab an early 6-0 lead behind Dash Beierly, but it seemed that any momentum the Pumas would gain would be immediately matched, and then some.

Chaparral QB Dash Beierly. Valley News/David Canales photo

Beierly left the game with an ankle injury in the second quarter but returned later in the quarter to throw a deep ball to Jaedon Ayala to cut Centennial’s lead to 28-19 with 4:44 left in the half. Unfortunately, that would be all she wrote as the Huskies scored three more times in the final two minutes, putting up 35 points before halftime to take the wind out of the Pumas sails. Centennial ultimately rolled to a 58-19 victory over Chaparral as the Huskies finished with 556 yards from scrimmage. Husan Longstreet completed 12 of 14 passes for 248 yards, Cornell Hatcher Jr. finished with 101 yards on the ground and Centennial’s defense recorded eight sacks with a Bryce Granger interception. Beierly completed 9 of 15 passes for 142 yards and added 36 yards on the ground.

  • Vista Murrieta (5-1, 1-0) – 49, Norco (4-2, 0-1) – 27

Game notes: Special Teams and forced turnovers were key in getting the Broncos off to a fast 14-0 start. The Broncos blocked a punt and returned it for a touchdown on the game’s opening possession, but were also forced to punt on that possession, which led to the special teams recovering the muffed punt. Bronco QB Bryson Beaver was pressured and sacked a couple of times early in the game, but once he settled in, he was able to use his mobility and ability to throw on the run to pass for five touchdowns to four different receivers in Sean Mccullough, Brody Guinn (2), AJ Jones, and Aaron Meyer. Brody Guinn had eight catches for 94 yards and a pair of touchdowns for Vista Murrieta. – Recap from Action Captures Media Group 

Inland Valley League

  • Hemet (3-3, 1-0) – 23, Rancho Christian (4-2, 0-1) – 16

Manzanita League

  • Webb (4-1, 2-1) – 21, Temecula Prep (2-4, 1-1) – 10
  • Silver Valley (5-1, 2-0) – 48, San Jacinto Valley Academy (0-5, 0-3) – 0

Mountain Pass League

  • Tahquitz (6-0, 1-0) – 48, Perris (3-3, 0-1) – 0

Nonleague

  • Valley View (3-3) – 26, Lakeside (0-7) – 9

FRIDAY 9/29

Big West Conference-Lower Division

  • Temecula Valley (3-3, 1-0) – 55, Corona (4-2, 0-1) – 19
  • Murrieta Mesa (1-5, 1-0) – 34, Santiago (0-6, 0-1) – 21

Game notes: Murrieta Mesa’s Julian Silva completed 20 of 32 passes for 246 yards and three touchdowns as the Rams finally got into the win column after their Big West Conference-Lower Division opener. CJ Moran ran for 134 yards and two touchdowns, while Triston Vialpondo had four catches for 108 yards for Murrieta Mesa (1-5).

Big West Conference-Upper Division

  • Murrieta Valley (5-1, 1-0) – 56, Roosevelt (4-2, 0-1) – 27

Game notes: In what was a first half battle in both teams’ Big West Conference Upper Division opener, Murrieta Valley (5-1, 1-0) would go on to dominate on both sides of the ball in the second half to take out the Roosevelt Mustangs 56-27 in Week Six action. The Nighthawks were leading 28-21 at the half but came out of the locker room fired up to score touchdowns on all four second-half possessions while their defense had an interception, forced two punts, and had a turn over on downs to shut down the Mustangs overall.

Murrieta Valley’s highlight reel consisted of running back Dorian Hoze sprinting 68 yards for a touchdown, Camden Connor returning a kickoff 89 yards for a touchdown, and a Bear Bachmeier 36-yard touchdown run, just to name a few. The Nighthawks gathered 526 yards on offense with Bachmeier completing 13 of 17 passes for 233 yards, gaining 75 yards on five carries. Hoze finished the night rushing for 121 yards on five carries, and Chatman, back from an injury, added 72 yards on the ground. Julian Treadwell led all receivers with five receptions for 111 yards.

Cottonwood League

  • Santa Rosa Academy (4-2, 1-0) – 57, Hamilton (0-7, 0-2) – 6

Ivy League

  • Elsinore (3-3, 1-0) – 37, Heritage (0-6, 0-1) – 17

Game notes: Elsinore’s Robby Whitlock passed for 179 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Tigers to victory in their Ivy League opener. Julian Santoyo ran for 174 yards a touchdown and also caught a 60-yard touchdown pass for Elsinore (3-3). Andrew Irvin caught two of those touchdown passes by Whitlock.

  • Orange Vista (3-3, 1-0) – 54, North (1-5, 0-1) – 13

Game notes: Orange Vista QB Khalil Abdul-Aziz completed 14 of 19 passes for 230 yards and four touchdowns as the Coyotes won their Ivy League opener. Sire Gaines had 111 yards from scrimmage and scored three touchdowns (two rushing, one receiving) for Orange Vista (3-3).

Orange Vista’s Sire Gaines. Valley News/Action Captures Media Group
  • Rancho Verde (5-1, 1-0) – 42, Temescal Canyon (3-3, 0-1) – 7

Majestic League (8-man)

  • Cornerstone Christian (5-1, 1-0) – 38, Cal Lutheran (3-3, 0-1) – 32

Game notes: Cornerstone Christian’s Matthew Cole Contreras returned a fumble for the winning touchdown on the final play of the game to lift the Crusaders to victory in their Majestic League opener. QB Devin Jarrett passed for 212 yards and three touchdowns in the win as Jonathan DeLocht caught a touchdown pass and returned a kickoff for another score for the Crusaders (5-1). Lukas Shobe ran for 116 yards and two scores and registered nine tackles, three sacks, a fumble recovery, and an interception on defense for Cal Lutheran (3-3). Ren Ukai added another 135 yards on the ground for the C-Hawks.

Manzanita League

  • Nuview Bridge (2-4, 2-1) – 14, California Military Institute (2-3, 1-1) – 11

Game notes: Franky Rodriguez rushed for 78 yards and a touchdown as the Knights won their Manzanita League game. Jesse Becerra returned an interception for a touchdown for Nuview Bridge (2-4, 2-1).

Mountain Pass League

  • San Jacinto (3-3, 1-0) – 62, Citrus Hill (1-5, 0-1) – 7

Game notes: San Jacinto’s Malachi Brown scored three touchdowns on the ground as the Tigers sailed to victory in their Mountain Pass League opener. Dillon Gresham had four receptions for 102 yards and a touchdown and also ran 70 yards for another score for San Jacinto (3-3).

  • Liberty (5-1, 1-0) – 13, West Valley (4-2, 0-1) – 6

Game notes: West Valley’s two-game winning streak was snapped by the Liberty Bison in the final seconds this past week, pitting the Mustangs at 4-2 overall now. Liberty, at 5-1 overall, held a 6-0 lead at halftime after Anthony Ruelas had a good run up the middle for a 10-yard touchdown run for the first Bison score. Liberty would increase their lead to 13-0 when Andre Skelton dove in from one yard out after a 63-yard drive on the first possession of the second half.

Anthony Ruelas of the Liberty Bison. Valley News/Action Captures Media Group

West Valley’s lone scoring drive came late in the game when Ramirez completed the drive with a 1-yard run with 10:52 to play in the game. With six seconds remaining and the ball at the Liberty nine-yard line, Skelton sacked West Valley running back Drew-sene Amisone at the 16-yard line as time expired and the Bison wrapped up a 13-6 victory in the Mountain Pass League opener for both schools.

SATURDAY 9/30

Big West Conference-Lower Division

  • Great Oak (3-3, 1-0) – 21, King (3-3, 0-1) – 20

Game notes: This was Amari Delk’s game. The Great Oak sophomore intercepted a potential winning two-point conversion in the end zone with 5.4 seconds on the clock to help the Wolfpack escape with a 21-20 win over King in a Big West Conference-Lower Division opener Saturday. That was the third time Delk got his hands on the ball. He also had interceptions in the second and third quarters. Great Oak’s Jefferson Roberts ran for a game-high 83 yards on 16 carries and JT Trevino caught seven balls for 55 yards.

Mesquite League

  • Capistrano Valley Christian (3-1, 1-0) – 24, Linfield Christian (3-2, 0-1) – 22

Sunbelt League

  • Paloma Valley (4-3, 1-0) – 56, Riverside Poly (1-5, 0-1) – 21

Game notes: Paloma Valley’s Brady Nelson completed 21 of 27 passes for 325 yards and four touchdowns to help the Wildcats win their Sunbelt League opener and improve their overall record to 4-3.

*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.