Prep Preview: Vista Murrieta at REV

I’m covering the Vista Murrieta-Redlands East Valley varsity football game tonight, Friday, Sept. 20, 2013, for The Press-Enterprise and

The best part of this assignment is the relative largesse of this game, featuring the Inland Area’s No. 2 team vs. one of the San Bernardino County’s best teams.

VistaMurrietaLOGOVista Murrieta’s 52-13 rout of Yucaipa in Week 2 may have deflected some criticism from Coley Candaele and the Broncos (2-0 overall), but questions will be asked tonight; Questions about Vista Murrieta’s official position regarding the allegations filed against RB Kishawn Holmes (Sr., 5-8, 180), the team’s role (if any) in a police investigation and what Candaele is doing this time to coach his team through adversity.

Coltin Gerhart seems to be worth his weight in gold at the moment, accounting for nine touchdowns in the first two games. How many carries, and more importantly hits, will the Arizona State-bound senior receive remains the big question.

Redlands East Valley (1-1) opened with a 50-0 victory over Fontana Summit but were upended by Ventura St. Bonaventure last week, 35-13, and there’s just no telling what team will show up tonight; The one that lost 59-14 last year to Vista Murrieta, the team that smothered Summit or some third team that Coach Kurt Bruich brings into Dodge Stadium. Either way, I like surprises.

Mark Neilssien completed 13 of 25 pass attempts with two TDs and one INT but the rushing attack averaged just 3.5 yards per carry in Week 2. REV’s new QB and the entire offense is going to have to be much, much better to stand a chance tonight.

revLOGOVista Murrieta
 — QB: Coltin Gerhart (Sr., 6-3, 220); WR: Colin Baker (Jr., 6-1, 180); DB: Randy Beggs (Sr., 6-foot, 180); LB: Curtis Bolton, (Sr., 6-3, 215); Greg Hoyd (Sr., 6-1, 210).

REV — QB Mark Neilssien (Sr., 5-9, 185); RB: Anthony Valverde (Sr., 5-9, 210); C: Peter Seumalo (Sr., 6-2, 275); LB: Trey Oliphant (Sr., 6-foot, 185); DB: Hakeim Mackenzie IV (Jr., 5-8, 190).

Vista Murrieta can throw athlete after athlete at defenses like no team sans Corona Centennial. REV may play a bruising, physical style on both sides but unless the Wildcats have unearthed a game changer or two, Vista Murrieta should win comfortably.
THE FINAL SCORE: Vista Murrieta 35, REV 17.

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