What a difference a year makes.
In 2011, Murrieta Valley running backs Jack Magpusao and Jacob Augustin searched desperately for holes and openings to run through. Andrew Blake found himself under constant pressure.
“The offensive line has matured, getting better and is making an impact on the field,” said Coach Tony Teets. "I coached these guys as freshmen and they have come a long way."
He really had high praise for Christian Vinsky, who was selected All-league as a sophomore last year. "That doesn’t happen often," Teets said.
Dubbed the “Filthy Five” by senior running back Jayvy Ragudo during the Nighthawk’s recent trip to Alaska, the O Line has embraced the name.
"Although it’s not as wet and muddy here in southern California, they still have a dirty job," said teammate Daniel McKee.
The “Filthy Five” consists of senior Kyle Underwood and juniors Jeremiah Boggs, Grant Hatch, Jack James and Vinsky. The four juniors have played the O line together for the past three years, beginning as freshmen.
Teets commented that the five were a quiet, self-motivated group of young men without the big egos that accompany high school football.
The Nighthawks run a no-huddle offense that speeds up the tempo and pace of the game and puts a lot of pressure on the line and defenses.
"You really have to be in good shape to succeed," Teets said. "We like wearing down opposing D lines."
The “Filthy Five” has been helping Murrieta Valley move the chains with regularity this season. Running backs Augustin, Ragudo and Michael
Robles have been the primary beneficiaries of the holes being created.
Quarterback Andrew Blake has been better protected and has more time to find his favorite receivers Brandon Iacobellis, Hector Bautista and Aaron Paisley.
The Nighthawks and the “Filthy Five” have a bye this week. They are getting ready to begin league play on Oct. 5 as they head to Great Oak to take on the Wolfpack.