Mighty Redlands East Valley came into town to what football critics around the league were touting as the game of the week.
The Broncos and Wildcats were anticipated to fight a defensive battle long into the evening. The only defense in the game was on the Murrieta side of the ball.
Coach Kurt Bruich and his Wildcats—ranked 38th in the state—were defeated in front of a packed, standing-room-only stadium and a live TV audience.
"We just got embarrassed, I didn't see this coming," said Coach Bruich.
No one did. Except maybe Coach Coley Candaele.
Candaele's punishing defensive unit were just too much for the Wildcats. Defensive linemen Grant Cleary, Tyler Cook and Curtis Bolton overwhelmed REV all game, forcing several turnovers for touchdowns.
Broncos Su'a Cravens, Ricky Ramera, Tyler Van Dyk and Bryce Smith totally locked down, dominated and completely stopped everyhting REV's offense tried to run.
The Wildcats managed two touchdowns late in the game after trailing 59-0. Philip Jones-Ward, Bryar Yup and Treshon Brougton scored touchdowns for the Broncos on fumble recoveries—a very offensive defense.
Vista quarterback Nick Stevens was 11-17 with 192 yards with three touchdown throws.
Cravens had two touchdown receptions while Dominick Marmolejo caught the other.
Stevens saw very limited playing time in the second half.
A very convincing win for Candaele and the Broncos against a highly ranked and respected opponent. Look for Vista Murrieta to move up in the state rankings.