Nighthawks Magical Ending Slammed Shut By the Wolfpack, 28-27
Great Oak Survives as Murrieta Valley Fails to Execute with 28 seconds on the Clock
Friday, October 18th, 2013
Issue 42, Volume 17.
"It’s not Loni’s fault," Coach Vinny Fazio said. "There’s nothing she could have done. It looked like the snap was low. The ball never got to the tee. There was no way."
Great Oak came into the game with attitude. They had lost all seven of their previous meetings with the Nighthawks. "It was a good win," said WR Brandon Presley. "We took this game personally because we hadn't beaten them in the school’s history. "
The Wolfpack marched 80 yards on twelve plays on their first possession, scoring on a Nick Fisher sweep. Murrieta Valley answered right back with a score of their own on a one-yard dive by Jordan Silva. Fisher scored again on the Wolfpack’s next drive. The Nighthawks answered with a 16-yd TD pass from Preston Miller to Hoby Teets. It was 14-14 at the half.
Great Oak dominated the third quarter and scored twice as quarterback Laquan Williams shined. Nick Fisher intercepted a Nighthawk pass that led to the first score. Williams took the Wolfpack downfield, making an incredible shovel pass on third and long to keep the drive alive. Fisher scored his third rushing TD.
Great Oak scored again on an 89-yard drive that ended when Williams scored on a QB keeper. The Wolfpack led 28-14 as the final quarter began.
The Nighthawks narrowed the score to 21-28 early in the fourth on a steady dose of Michael Robles runs. Great Oak threatened again, but a fumbled snap and a sack by Silva forced a Wolfpack punt to give Murrieta one last shot.
The Nighthawks drove 73 yards and scored on a 9-yard pass from Preston Miller to Aaron Young. The score was 28-27 with 29 seconds left in the game. In a do-or-die gamble, the Nighthawks chose to go for a 2-point conversion to win it or lose.
Murrieta Valley was penalized for a false start that moved the ball back five yards. The subsequent missed kick sealed the Nighthawk’s fate.
"I wanted to win," Murrieta Valley coach Vinny Fazio said. "I don’t like overtime. I wanted to try to win the game. I don’t like when you take all the special teams out of football. We thought we had a good play."
Great Oak quarterback Williams was sensational. He was 15-17 for 156 yards. Andrew Molinar caught seven of Williams’ passes for 54 yards. Brandon Presley gained 41 yards on five receptions.
On the ground Nick Fisher rushed for 116 yards and three touchdowns for the Wolfpack. Williams had a 14-yard run for a touchdown. "Nick Fisher had an outstanding game," Coach Robbie Robinson said. "I’m really proud of Nick battling through everything."
The Wolfpack defensive line took care of business Friday night. Led by senior captain Matt Hobby, the D-line kept constant pressure on Murrieta Valley’s offense. Kevin Knight, Ernesto Ruiz and Jacob Seimers shut down the running attack and defensive backs Nick Fisher and Anthony Bandong put intense pressure on the Nighthawk QB. Fisher came up with the game changing interception.
Murrieta Valley’s Michael Robles gained 138 yards and a TD. Jordan Silva also scored on the ground and had 19 yards on two carries.
Preston Miller threw for 190 yards and two touchdowns, one to Aaron Young and the other to Hoby Teets. Young ended the game with seven catches for 104 yards. Teets had 4 receptions for 51 yards.
"We came out there acting like we were going to run all over them," said senior offensive lineman Grant Hatch. "You can not make mistakes against a very good opponent like Great Oak. Our offense had penalties and Great Oak capitalized off of them. As I team I felt we just didn't want it bad enough. Great Oak simply wanted it more."
The Wolfpack will host the Inland Division’s #2-ranked team, Vista Murrieta, this Friday while the Nighthawks will face Murrieta Mesa. Game time is 7pm.
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