Coach Greg Ireland takes his undefeated Nighthawks on the road again this Friday. Although not as far away and cold as Alaska, the trip to Wildomar will be full of challenges for Murrieta Valley to overcome.
The Tigers are coming off an impressive 53-29 pounding of Temecula Valley and are 3-1 in non league play.
The Nighthawks have won the last two matches and ruined Elsinore’s Homecoming in 2010 with a come from behind victory that stunned the eventual CIF Sunbelt Champions.
It’s Homecoming again this week as the Tigers play MV Friday and plan to celebrate next Friday night on their bye week.
Elsinore’s Coach Tony Peralta's philosophy is to run the ball over, through and around the other team. The Tigers have averaged 342 yards rushing, 67 yards in the air and 35 points a game.
Quarterback Tommy Wilson has the luxury of handing the ball off to one of Elsinore’s Dynamic Duo running backs all night long.
Allan Stubbs has carried the ball 65 times for 506 yards and 4 TDs so far this year. His partner in crime and running mate is Shane Pico who leads the Tigers with 77 carries, 602 yards and eight rushing touchdowns. Running behind a very good offensive line, the two backs may give the Nighthawk defense trouble and keep them off balance.
MVHS is coming into the game with a perfect 4-0 record. The Nighthawk defense recorded its third straight shutout last week in Juneau, Alaska.
Mike Almodovar, Jordan Silva, Davis Day and Michael Payne are a tough group to move the chains on. Terin Solomon, Damon Nolan, Lafayette Waters and De’Sean Bullock have helped make the Nighthawk defense a scoring threat.
Two new offensive weapons emerged from the Nighthawk trip to
Alaska. Playing in place of the injured Jacob Augustine, running back Jayvy Ragudo scored three touch downs while Michael Robles ran for over a hundred yards and scored twice. Coach Ireland will have all three at his disposal tonight.
Quarterback Andrew Blake will be glad to be playing in Southern California once again. There wasn’t much passing going on last week in the wet and cold. This week look for Blake to find receivers Hector Bautista, Aaron Paisley, Nick Chapman and Aaron Young.
The Tiger defense is looking to stop Blake and company this evening. Key players to watch on the Elsinore Defense are linebackers Ryan Laverdiere, Davis Peralta and defensiver backs Terry Adams and Noah Paculba.
This will be Murrieta Valley’s toughest test of the season as they complete their non-league schedule. Game time is 7 p.m. tonight at Elsinore High School in Wildomar. Come out and support the Nighthawks! See you at the game.