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Vista Murrieta Seeks Second CIF SS Inland Division Title Tonight

The Broncos Face Rival Centennial in tonight’s Championship Game

Friday, December 6th, 2013
Issue 49, Volume 17.
Charles McKee
Sports Writer

For the fourth year in a row Vista Murrieta (12-1) and Centennial (11-2) will face each other to battle for the Inland Division title. Tonight’s game will be played at Centennial High School and will start at 8 p.m. The winner will be considered to play in the state bowl which will be announced Sunday.

The Broncos and Huskies are no strangers to the CIF Championships. Centennial has won seven divisional titles in eight trips to the championship game since 2000. Their only loss came at the hands of the Broncos in 2011. Vista Murrieta will make its fifth appearance in the championship game. They have won one, lost two to Centennial and once to Chaparral.

The Broncos’ offense is led by senior quarterback Coltin Gerhart. Gerhart has thrown for 1659 yards and 20 TDs. He is also a the team’s leading rusher and has run for 1401 yards and 25 touchdowns. Tito Feliciano is the Broncos go to running back with 993 yards and 11 TDs. Seth Acda can also help move the chains on the ground.

Collin Baker, Daryl Denby and Jamie Nunley are Gerhart’s trio of talented receivers that can change the outcome of the game with just one pass. Kyle Williams is also a threat in the air. Baker has caught 32 passes for 540 yards and seven TDs. Denby has 21 catches, 422 yards and six TDs and Nunley 23 for 383 and two touchdowns.

Vista Murrieta’s defense is physical and dominating. The Broncos’ defensive line is led by ends Tyler Cook and Curtis Bolton. Linebackers Greg Hoyd, Nick Gramaldo, Mason Dale and Shannon Walsh are tops in the Division. The secondary is patrolled by Kwesi Mashack, Brandon Worthy and Randy Beggs who plan to shut down the Huskies Friday night.

They will have their hands full this evening with Centennial. The Huskies could not be stopped last Friday night as Centennial broke the National High School football record for most yards in a game with 946 yards.

This record is even more remarkable in that it was set in the semifinal game of the CIF SS Inland Division Football playoffs. And they did it against Upland, a perennial football powerhouse.

The previous record was set last year by St. Stanislaus from Bay St. Louis, Mississippi. The 0-9 Rock-Chaws ran up 937 total yards in a 82-80 loss to the 4-7 Hornets from Poplarville. The previous record for a California school was 917 yards, set in 1967 by Happy Camp.

The game is at Centennial and the start time is 8pm. The game will be televised live by Fox on Prime Ticket.



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