The Huskies' championship hopes were dashed Friday night as the Broncos came into town and totally dominated Riverside's John W. North on both sides of the ball.
Coach Coley Candaele’s disciplined, physical, well-prepared team overwhelmed the Huskies from the opening kickoff. They had everything wrapped up by halftime, leading 37-7.
The game--a battle of two blue-and-gold teams--was played at a packed, standing room only Riverside Community College Tigers Stadium. Some Vista Murrieta fans and supporters were forced to watch the game from the street and parking structure. Many of those who managed to get in watched the game standing by the Bronco sideline fence.
The Vista Murrieta offensive line dominated throughout the evening. Nicholas Chase, Joshua Stucki, Corey Whitaker and Sapule Ta’amilo opened huge holes for their running backs. VMHS rushed for 408 yards and six touchdowns.
Junior running back Su’a Cravens led the Bronco onslaught with 201 yards on 10 carries and three touchdowns. Quarterback Nick Stevens and running backs Aaron Piecukonis and Joseph Brandao provided the rest.
They proved to be too much for the Huskies. Vista Murrieta ran the ball 49 times, while attempting only three passes.
The Bronco defense shut down North and their prolific offense. The defensive line overpowered the Huskies all night long. Darion Williams and Randy Perez ended potential scoring North drives with interceptions of two Justin Gheorghe passes. Only Huskies' Denzel Foster had limited success against the Broncos running for 122 yards and catching a touchdown pass.
Vista Murrieta will host the Upland Highlanders next Friday night at 7:30 p.m. Upland is coming off two consecutive dominating CIF victories beating Charter Oak 51-13 Friday and . The Pumas from Chaparral were eliminated Friday night by Centennial, 56-21.
--Contributed by Charles Mckee