The Murrieta Valley High School football season ended Friday night.
The traveled to Upland to face the in the first round of the CIF Southern Sectional tournament.
The Scots proved worthy of being ranked No. 2 in the state as they racked up a convincing 59-21 victory over the Nighthawks.
“We were not ready tonight and that’s my fault,” Nighthawks Coach said.
“We are a young team, but I thought we could at least keep it a close battle."
Exploiting key injuries and substitutions in the middle of the Nighthawk defense, the Highlanders dominated and scored on all of its first-half possessions.
The Nighthawks scored three touchdowns and Andrew Blake threw for 185 yards.
Senior offensive standout Jack Magpusao caught seven passes for 66 yards.
Jacob Augustine took on the Highlander defensive line and ran for 92 yards and scored two of Murrieta Valley’s touchdowns.
Murrieta Valley’s defense started each Upland possession at mid-field.
“You can’t give the ball at mid-ffield and expect to win," Ireland said.
It turned into a long, tough Friday night for the Nighthawks.
The MVHS defense was led by seniors Sam Allen; Charlie McKee; Brandon Finne and Noah Johnson.
Upland scored only once in the second half.
This season was seen as a rebuilding year for the Nighthawks.
With returning juniors and sophomores at key starting positions, the Murrieta Valley Nighthawks are already thinking of the 2012 regular season.