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HS Football: Week Seven action fuels the playoff fire

 

Last updated 10/18/2017 at Noon

Travis Plantier (9) finds his way into the end zone for the Broncos as they defeat the Rams 48-20, handing Murrieta Mesa their first loss of the season in Week Seven. David Canales photo.

Who will win that coveted league title? Who can be the last team standing in December? With three weeks remaining in the regular season the gloves are finally starting to get unwrapped, but when will they really come off? Murrieta Valley is on a 3-game win streak and looks to be the front runner in the Southwestern League after their 42-17 mauling of the Pumas last week. The Nighthawks hope to claim a second SWL title in back-to-back seasons and can do so barring any major setbacks.

Vista Murrieta regained a bit of clout this past week handing the red-hot Rams their first loss of the season. Murrieta Mesa looked strong out of the gate and even led twice early in the game, but injuries and perhaps the rumble from the Bronco Bleachers Creatures (BBC), who helped Vista earn the title of the ‘Most Spirited School in the Nation’ in 2015, were just a bit too much to overcome. Great Oak jumped to the top of the standings this week, alongside Murrieta Valley, with their Week Seven win over the Golden Bears and will have to face a Murrieta Mesa team looking for redemption this week.

In the Sunbelt League it was a scoring fest for the top three teams in the standings as Temescal Canyon, Paloma Valley and Heritage put up a combined total of 143 points on the night, allowing just 25 overall from their opponents. Expect the same this week as maybe most the exciting match-up comes down to the Tigers and Wildcats game at Paloma Valley High School.

For the South Valley league teams, Rancho Christian and Calvary Murrieta are still the clear front runners as the two get set to face each other this week and in the Mountain Pass League the dogfight is now between Citrus Hill and San Jacinto, who also face each other this week.

In 8-Man action Cornerstone Christian fell to the middle of the pack in the Freelance League after their huge loss to Upland Christian and in the Agape League California Lutheran slid all the way down to the bottom spot in their standings after losing their first game of the season to Hesperia Christian. The breakdown of the Southwestern League games from Week Seven, plus Sunbelt League and 8-Man scores and stats are as follows:

Southwestern League (All games played at 7 p.m. unless otherwise noted)

Temecula Valley (0-7, 0-2) – 3

Great Oak (4-3, 2-0) – 41

TVHS: DEF - A. Pulsipher - 8 tackles; B. Hughes - 11 tackles.

GOHS: M. Bustamante - 10 for 16, 235 yds, 3 TDs; D. Morales - 14 carries, 96 yds, 2 TDs; J. Mullen II - 6 catches, 79 yds, TD; T. Yoder - 3 catches, 96 yds, 2 TDs; M. Barkley - 3 catches, 82 yds, TD; DEF – B. Jackson - 9 tackles, QB sack; B. Jackson - 8 tackles.

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Murrieta Mesa (6-1, 1-1) – 20

Vista Murrieta (2-5, 1-1) – 48

MMHS: DEF – J. Atkinson - 15 tackles; X. Talavera - 13 tackles; D. Williams - 4 tackles interception.

VMHS: No MaxPreps or Hudl stats entered

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Chaparral (4-3, 0-2) – 17

Murrieta Valley (5-2, 2-0) – 42

CHS: No MaxPreps or Hudl stats entered

MVHS: Bachmeier - 23 for 28, 273 yds; 4 TDs, int, 6 carries, 57 yds, 2 TDs; T. Brown - 10 catches, 57 yds, 3 TDs; M. Spiker - 6 catches, 84 yds, TD; DEF – T. Whitehead - 15 tackles; M. Malaki - 11 tackles.

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Sunbelt League

Heritage (6-1, 2-0) – 41

Elsinore (5-2, 1-1) – 13

HHS: D. Freedland - 6 for 8, 121 yds, 2 TDs; R. Matiringe - 2 carries, 27 yds, TD; J. Phillips - 5 carries, 116 yds, TD; J. Estrada - 2 carries, 27 yds, TD; S. White – 4 carries, 50 yds, TD; R, Shelton - 3 catches, 71 yds, 2 TDs; DEF – I. Tuatala - 6 tackles; J Phillips - 1 tackle, 1 interception; S. White - interception.

EHS: M. Vasquez - 6 carries, 57 yds, TD; E. Miller - 8 carries, 39 yds, TD; Def – A. Miranda - 8 tackles, I. Hobson - 7 tackles.

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Temescal Canyon (3-4, 1-1) – 45

Perris (0-7, 0-2) - 6

TCHS: A. Sanchez - 5 for 8, 105 yds, 2 TDs; B. Clemons - 11 carries, 75 yds, TD; J. Gomez - 4 carries, 23 yds, 2 TDs; J. Tomazin - 2 catches, 44 yds, TD; DEF – C. Logue - 10 tackles, QB sack; C. Frey - 8 tackles, QB sack; K. Klaas - 8 tackles, QB sack.

PHS: No MaxPreps or Hudl stats entered

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Paloma Valley (6-1, 2-0) – 57

Lakeside (5-2, 0-2) – 6

PVHS: C. Nolan - 13 for 15, 251 yds, 4 TDs; T. Tinahui - 7 carries, 42 yds, TD; T. Tillman - 8 carries, 59 yds, TD; A. Williams - 3 carries, 29 yds, TD; M. Carvalho - 6 catches, 111 yds, 3 TDs; S. Carvalho - 3catches, 16 yds, TD; DEF – N. Tinahui - 7 tackles; E. Bustamante - 3 tackles, interception; A. Hasin - interception; T. Eddington - interception; K. Lokusooriya - 4 tackles, interception.

LHS: D. Bomhoff - 4 for 11, 98 yds, TD, 4 ints; S. Lamositele – 1 catch, 65 yds, TD.

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8-Man Leagues

Agape

Cal. Lutheran (6-1, 0-1) - 42

Hesperia Christian (6-0, 1-0) – 66

CL: E. Aguilar – 13 for 22, 207 yds, TD, int, 26 carries, 130 yds, 4 TDs; A. Dobson - 6 carries, 77 yds, TD; C. Criscenti - 3 catches, 25 yds, TD; DEF – N. Schroeder - 14 tackles; A. Dobson - 12 tackles.

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Freelance

Upland Christian (7-0, 1-0) – 81

Cornerstone Christian (4-3, 0-1) – 8

Murrieta Mesa’s Giovanni Sanders (11) is congratulated for the touchdown that gave the Rams an early 14-7 lead over Vista Murrieta Friday, Oct. 13. David Canales photo. (Murrieta Mesa’s Giovani Sanders (11) is congratulated for the touchdown that gave the Rams an early 14-7 lead over Vista Murrieta Friday, Oct. 13. David Canales photo.)

CCS: No MaxPreps or Hudl stats entered

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*Most other league scores can be found in the scoreboard section of the paper or by going to www.myvalleynews.com/sports.

**All stats, schedules and scores are supplied by local high school athletic directors, MaxPreps, CIF-SS and contributing writers/photographers; David Canales, Andrez Imaging, Ed Faith, Rob Davis Photography , Cody Bressler, Paul Bandong, Alicia Salcedo, Annette Saenz, Time Stood Still Photography and countless fans of the games via social media.

 

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