Football: Vista Murrieta Broncos Poised to Excel in 2012

Vista Murrieta has proved itself one of Southern California’s finest high school football programs.

When you watch a football practice at , it becomes quite apparent why this team is successful: Coach Coley Candaele and his staff.

His no-nonsense, no-excuses, team-orientated discipline and attitude is focused on one thing: winning football games. He does this in one of the toughest, most competitive leagues in the state.

The Broncos are ready to play—and play well.

Since taking the head football coaching position 9 years ago, Candaele has built one of the finest high school football programs in California. The Broncos have amassed a 70-17 record, with five Division championships, seven straight CIF playoff berths , three CIF finals in a row and, finally, the League Championship last year.

Due to a roster paperwork error, the Broncos were forced to forfeit five games and snubbed for a CIF Bowl game last year. Candaele’s career record at VMHS would have been 75 wins, 12 losses and possibly the State Championship.

The 2012 team may have talent to right that wrong. Vista Murrieta is ranked No. 3 in California and 14th in the nation, according to Maxpreps.com.

Quarterback Nick Stevens returns to lead the offense. The 6-foot-4 senior passed for 1,692 yards and ran for another 906. He threw 14 TDs and led his team to an incredible come from behind victory over Centennial in the CIF Final.

Running Back Kei-ron Long is joined by Kishawn Holmes and Su’a Cravens, giving the Broncos a formidable running game. Cravens, an all-league standout, was the fifth-ranked recruit in the country. He has committed to USC.

Stevens will have wide receivers Treshon Broughton, Randy Beggs and PJ Jones to throw to this year. The Bronco backfield is equally adept at the passing game and give Vista Murrieta more options to move the chains in 2012.

The offensive line may be the one weakness on the offensive side of the ball. However, count on Candaele’s dispciplined, well-coached players to step up and fill any holes or weaknesses.

The core of the Bronco defensive nuclei returns to fortify a very punishing, aggressive unit. Defensive ends Tyler Cook and Curtis Bolton return to the Vista defensive line. Tackle Grant Clearly is also back to solidify the middle.

Linebacker Bryce Smith is yet another anchors this defense. Su’a Cravens will split time at linebacker and safety.

On Aug. 31, Vista Murrieta will host Thunder Ridge High School from Highlands Ranch, Colo., for their 2012 opener. The Grizzlies are ranked 16th in their state.

Then on Sept. 7, the Broncos will host the Wolverines of South High School. Based in Anchorage, Alaska, the Wolverines are the state's No. 2-ranked team. What a way to start a season!

Come out and support Vista Murrieta as they look forward to another memorable CIF Championship-bound season. You can count on Coach Candaele having his Broncos ready to play winning football when the season begins. See you at the games.

Editor's Note: This article was corrected to note the Broncos will host South High School of Anchorage, Alaska on Sept. 7. They were not scheduled to travel there as previously reported. Patch apologizes for the error.

Somethingtosay August 19, 2012 at 03:16 PM
Well they should be good the player that is going to USC should be at TV , and I'm sure some of the other players have transferred in. Vista murrietta will always take new student athletes with out question why do u think their paper work was off. It's a joke . Everyone on the area knows that . So yes while he may be a good coach he also has great and talented athletes to coach so it really helps that winning record . It will bite them in the butt someday but till then we just keep saying to our teams " while I know that is your neighbor ur playing against and they r supposed to go to our school, just play ur hardestes and let's beat vista" what a joke.
Murrieta Mom August 19, 2012 at 07:55 PM
Good points! They ought to be good if they continue to allow all the top talent to transfer in. I wonder how good they would be if they only played athletes that live in Murrieta.
Murrieta Mom August 19, 2012 at 08:01 PM
I've heard parents complain about their children not getting the classes they chose. Does anyone know if children that live in Murrieta get class priority over out of area transfers?
Laura August 19, 2012 at 09:04 PM
Why would all the top talent transfer in? Because they have a better football program? You know the district approves who can transfer in....not the school? You know its not easy to transfer...especially from out of district. DO You know the stats on how many kids on the team are transferred in? Perhaps the team is good because of the coaching methods, in combination with the favt that there is 3300 kids attending this school which gives a football coach a very large pool of talent to work with. I this is what I would also say and accuse if my kids werent going to Vista Murrieta (without any transfers)
Dawn Sipple Hesson August 20, 2012 at 12:31 AM
Exactly Laura, if they do transfer in it's because of the football program that is already established, not the other way around. There will always be critics and haters, but for those of you questioning the paperwork, THE COACH is the person that notified CIF of the paperwork mistake. His honesty with CIF cost the boys a chance at state but he was only doing what the school tries to teach. CLASS. My son is in his last year and is proud to be a part of this program. BTW, Broncos are hosting Alaska, not traveling there.
Dawn Sipple Hesson August 20, 2012 at 12:36 AM
@murrietamom. Both of my kids have not gotten classes they wanted and I live a mile from the school. There are 3300 students, not everyone is going to get their perfect schedule. Welcome to overcrowded schools...and then they go to overcrowded colleges.
Murrieta Mom August 20, 2012 at 12:49 AM
I'm only saying, as a parent, I would be upset if my child didn't get a class they need because a transfer student filled the spot. Same would apply to athletics. Athletes may transfer because they aren't first string at the school district they reside in. This may cause a domino effect of transfers looking for a starting position.
Murrieta Mom August 20, 2012 at 12:53 AM
@Dawn - Not questioning or hating. Vista is an extraordinary school. The Vista staff handled this is in an ethical manner. They deserve credit for a quality program. I'm only asking if it's fair for transfer students to take priority over students who live in the area.
Michael August 20, 2012 at 05:56 PM
Don't think for a second that transfer student/athletes dont get priority for classes,they do.Winning football teams bring in mega bucks for the school and the district.bringing in a top athlete from out of the district is a priority whether that student is a zero or mediocre gradewise.
Kemp29 August 20, 2012 at 11:30 PM
Of Vista Murrieta's top 8 players this year 5 are transfers. Treshon Broughton, Su'a Cravens,Bryce Smith, Kishawn Holmes and the other Transfer that came with Broughton from Tustin. As anyone who follows High School Football, the studs rule the day the other players are just role players. The Stars dominate in high school football, rarely do Teams Win as a Team with very little Stars when facing such recruit schools like Vista Murrieta,Corona Centennial, Rancho Verde, Citris Hill and a few others. It's a joke of epic proportions. Sure Vista has Great Coaches but the players they have make them look better then there coaching would otherwise dictate.
I_Run_Hills August 22, 2012 at 01:16 PM
If you want to wrestle, you go to TV. If you want to run Cross Country, you go to Great Oak. If you want to run track, you go to Vista Murrieta. If you want to play football, you might go to either VM or Chaparral. Kids are allowed to change schools, and (with the new CIF rules in effect this year) we will see it even MORE often now. Quit whining like somebody set up this system just to make YOU cry. Just shell out your eight bucks and support our young people in whatever sport they're playing, at whichever school they're playing it at.
Tim August 23, 2012 at 01:46 PM
Bitter party, table for one ?
Tim August 23, 2012 at 01:57 PM
Just because a student transfers you believe they shouldn't have the same opportunity to get an education. People do move for other reasons . Sorry your son could not get in his sewing class.
Tim August 23, 2012 at 01:58 PM
Cheese and crackers for your WHINE !!!
Dawn Sipple Hesson August 24, 2012 at 01:48 AM
And if you want to play Water Polo, you go to MV. I think it's time we support these young kids for their talent and quit worrying about where they should be going to school. I commend their parents for doing what it takes to get their very talented athletes noticed...and doing that in the legal way. Talk to the school districts if you don't like the rules, but don't blame a student athlete for doing what he needs to do to get noticed for a college education and for their dreams to come true. Without a doubt, I would bet that if your student was in their situation, you naysayers would be doing the same thing!!!


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