If you live in a Facebook© world, Friday night’s game between Vista Murrieta and Great Oak is going to be a close one. Statistically, the teams seem evenly matched.
Vista rushes for about 165 yards per game, Great Oak 208. The Broncos pass for 182 while the Wolfpack averages 167. Murrieta scores 44 points a game while Great Oak puts an average of 29 points on the board.
Unfortunately for the Wolfpack, we don’t live in a Facebook© world; the Golden Bears from Temecula Valley found that out last week. The Broncos overwhelmed and totally dominated Temecula Valley. The Bears did surprise the Broncos with two quick first-quarter touchdowns, but it was lights out after that.
The game ended 58-14 with a running clock after the first half.
Nick Stevens passed for 175 yards and three touchdowns before being sat down yet again. He and most of the starters did not play in the second half. Kishawn Holmes ran the ball for 120 yards and had three touchdowns, one on a 75-yard kick-off return. The Bronco offense was unstoppable in the first two quarters.
Key offensive weapons on the ground for Vista were Holmes, Stewart Riding and Keiron Long. In the air, it was Su’a Cravens, Randy Beggs and sophomore Colin Baker.
Coach Coley Candaele utilized the second half to rest his starters and get game time in for the second team as league play intensifies. The Broncos proceeded to hold the Bears scoreless after the first quarter.
The Wolfpack is coming off a tough 26-6 loss at the hands of the Nighthawks from Murrieta Valley.
Quarterback Carson Luna is looking to rebound after last week’s 115-yard passing performance. Jakob Certeza and Zach McIntosh are the Bear' primary backs. Brandon Presley and Brandon Ruhe are Luna’s favorite targets.
The core of the Broncos' punishing, aggressive defensive unit are defensive ends Tyler Cook, Curtis Bolton and tackle Grant Cleary. Middle linebacker Bryce Smith anchors the opportunistic, swarming defense. As expected, Cravens has been a standout on both sides of the ball.
The one thing that Coach Robbie Robinson’s Wolfpack has on its side is attitude; this team never gives up.
No matter what the score they maintain a very tough, competitive attitude. Great Oak is going to need a mistake-free game with the offense and defense firing on all cylinders to avoid that cursed running clock in the second half.
Vista Murrieta is ranked first in the Division, third in the section and fourth in the state. Nationally, the Broncos are ranked 17th.
Game time is 7 p.m. Friday at Vista Murrieta. This game will not be televised, so get to the stadium early for a great seat. Come on out and support the Broncos as they gallop towards the CIF playoffs.