Undefeated Nighthawks face Rancho Cucamonga Sept. 20
Nighthawks victorious 45-34 over Roosevelt to go 3-0
Friday, September 20th, 2013
Issue 38, Volume 17.
Murrieta Valley won a closely contested game over Roosevelt last Friday The Nighthawks ended a see-saw battle late in the fourth quarter as Murrieta Valley
rose to the occasion and drove the ball down the field for two unanswered touchdowns in the final quarter. The Nighthawks are now 3-0.
Murrieta Valley led 24-21 at the half but Roosevelt battled back, taking leads of 28-24 and 34-31 in the third quarter. The Nighthawk defense made key stops in the fourth and the offense pounded the ball into the end zone twice for the win.
Michael Robles ran for 203 yards and three touchdowns behind his all senior offensive line dubbed "The Filthy Five."
"They really opened up some big holes again tonight," said Robles. The line consists of Christian Vinski, Grant Hatch, Jerry Boggs, Jack James and Dalton Ducket. "I’ve been running behind them since my freshman year."
"He had a great game," Murrieta Valley Coach Vinny Fazio said of Robles. "What a great game the O-line had. Roosevelt is a really good football team. That was hard. There was nothing easy about that. And Robles, he’s really special."
Nighthawk quarterback Preston Miller was 12-17 for 242 yards and two touchdowns. One of his key throws was to Aaron Young for
a 47-yard strike with five seconds left in the half. The play came moments after Xavier Crawford
intercepted a Roosevelt pass that QB Joseph Muriel launched
towards the Nighthawks’ end zone.
MVHS capitalized and Victor Trejo nailed the field goal as the first half came to an end.
Young ended up with eight catches for 145 yards and a TD. Weston Brown also caught a TD toss and had three receptions for 25 yards. Hoby Teets hauled in a 56-yarder and Quincy Wimbish caught a screen that went for ten.
And on Friday the 13th, Kicker Loni Byers nailed six PATs giving her 13 straight. She is perfect this season.
"I’m proud of Loni," Fazio said. "Those are big points. I told her before the game, we need every point we can get, because they’re all important. She’s perfect again today."
"I knew the game would be decided by turnovers" said Fazio. "They had three interceptions, we had none. We have been working hard at eliminating turnovers and it paid off tonight."
Weston Brown, Lafayette Waters and Crawford intercepted passes from Roosevelt quarterback Joseph Muriel. Water’s interception came in the end zone as the Mustangs drove the ball down the field on their final possession.
"I’m really just proud of the kids," Fazio said. "They’ve been through a lot with Coach Ireland leaving, a new coach coming, no body knows what’s going on and to beat a team like that early in the season is a major, major effort by our kids. That’s a really good football team."
Jordan Silva ran for 45 yards on 4 carries, including the final 28-yard run that sealed the Nighthawk victory. Quincy Wimbish had 11 yards and Julio Robles gained 4 yards on a fake punt that failed by centimeters.
The Nighthawk defense held tough in the fourth quarter and gave the offense the opportunity to win the game.
"Really proud of our defense for making a couple stops straight at the end when it looked like they had us figured out," Fazio said. "We get a couple stops, get it back to our offense, and our offense converted. They did what they had to do."
The Nighthawks gained 497 yards, had no turnovers and played virtually mistake-free football against a team that is ranked 9th in the division. A very impressive win for Murrieta Valley.
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