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Nighthawks Face the Wolfpack Friday Night

Murrieta Valley travels to Great Oak to begin league schedule.

Coach Robbie Robinson and the Wolfpack wait in ambush ready to prey on the undefeated Nighthawks as they come into town to start league play.

Great Oak is currently 3-2 and are looking to bounce back after last week’s 41-20 defeat at the hands of Chino Hills.

The Wolfpack has been averaging 178 passing yards a game this season. They have also rushed for 221 yards on average and scored 33 points per game.

Quarterback Carson Luna credits his offensive line for much of Great Oak's success. The senior has completed 60 of 99 passes for 838 yards and six touchdowns through the first five games with only one interception.

Jakob Certeza has been the go-to running back for the Wolfpack. He has carried the ball 81 times for 618 yards and nine touchdowns. Zach McIntosh contributed 148 yards on 22 carries.

The Wolfpack will be facing a formidable Nighthawk defense Friday evening.

Coach Greg Ireland's Murrieta Valley defense has given up only 26 points in its first five games. The Nighthawks recorded three consecutive shutouts before allowing 9 points to Elsinore in their last victory.

The defensive unit is led by Linebackers Mike Almodovar, Davis Day, Jacob Macias, Kody Thornburg and De’sean Bullock. The Defensive backs are Weston Brown, Lafayette Waters, Damon Nolan and Terin Solomon.

The Nighthawks swam around their defensive line to shut down opposing offenses. That line consists of seniors Jordan Silva, Michael Payne and Martin Gallegos. Last week the Nighthawks forced four key turnovers against Elsinore including two interceptions, one for a TD.

The Murrieta Valley offensive line, dubbed the “Filthy Five” drive the offense. Quarterback Andrew Blake is looking forward to a break away game. Wide receiver Brandon Iacobellis is back from an injury and joins Hector Bautista and Aaron Paisley to give Blake several sure handed targets.

Senior running back Jacob Augustin is also back from an injury and can't wait for the opening kickoff.

While Augustin was recuperating, the Nighthawks developed depth in their running attack with the emergence of Jayvy Ragudo and Michael Robles. If the “Filthy Five” continues to open holes, the trio looks to rack up some significant yardage.

Ranked sixth in the league, Murrieta Valley looks to extend its unbeaten record to 6-0. Game time is 7 p.m. at Great Oak High School in Temecula. Come out and support the Nighthawks. See you at the game.

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