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Nighthawk Defense Quiets the Wolfpack

Murrieta Valley defeats Great Oak 26-6 in Southwestern League opener.

The Murrieta Valley defense rose to the occasion once again Friday night, holding the Wolfpack to 6 points and extending their record to a perfect 6-0.

Great Oak’s loss takes them to 3-3.

The undefeated Nighthawks set the tone in the first half. The defense shut down and overwhelmed the Wolfpack attack, holding Great Oak to 22 yards, forcing six punts in the first two quarters. Defensive linemen Michael Payne, Jordan Silva, Davis Day and Martin Gallegos closed all the holes the Wolfpack’s big O-line opened.

The second half was not much better for the Pack; the Nighthawk defense held Coach Robbie Robinson’s offense to one touch down. Great Oak failed to convert the PAT. Linebackers Jacob Macias and Mike Almodovar each sacked Great Oak quarterback Carson Luna twice.

The Nighthawks' swarming defense overwhelmed the Wolfpack. With the ball on the Murrieta 3-yard line, the Pack was pushed back and denied by Murrieta Valley. Safety Terin Solomon kept Luna off balance all evening.

Later in the fourth quarter Great Oak took the ball to the Nighthawk 19 on a successful onside kick by Brandon Presley. Again, the Pack was stopped cold.

Damon Nolan, Lafayette Waters and De’sean Bullock made it difficult to throw against all evening. Bullock also recovered a blocked punt for a touch down in the second quarter.

Andrew Blake was 13-28 for 158 yards. He also had an 8-yard TD run to get the Nighthawks on the board in the second quarter. Nighthawk Kicker Alex Montion added two field goals, one from 22 and another from 31 yards.

Murrieta Valley’s final score came on deceptive end around pass. Weston Brown took Blake’s handoff and passed the ball to wide receiver Nick Chapman all alone on the Wolfpack sideline. Chapman’s touchdown made the score 26-6.

Coach Greg Ireland’s Nighthawks are now 6-0. Murrieta Valley will host cross town rival Murrieta Mesa next Friday. The Rams were beaten by Chaparral 46-20 to fall to 5-1 and looking for their first league win.

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