GAME OF THE WEEK: Murr. Vly at Santiago

THE DETAILS:
Murrieta Valley vs. Corona Santiago
At Santiago High School Stadium, Corona
Kickoff: Friday, Aug. 26, 2016 at 7 p.m. PT

murrietavalleyLOGOTHE LOW DOWN:
MURRIETA VALLEY (0-0 overall) is getting so much love for its passing game that its hard not to get wrapped up in the excitement. The Bachmeier-to-Spiker-and/or-Bell connection is electric, and this will be their first official action of 2016. Transfer Lika Palmer (from Temecula Valley) adds dimension and depth to the running game, and the offensive line is buoyed by T Anthony Pardue, a 6-foot-4, 275-pound mountain.
HEAD COACH: George Wilson / ASST: Pete Duffy

SantiagoLOGOCORONA SANTIAGO (0-0) is sort of the blue-headed step child on the Corona end of CNUSD, and its football team has endured the brunt. The Sharks (4-6 in 2015) might have been closer to making the playoffs last year than they’ll get this time, playing a beefier nonleague schedule (Perris Citrus Hill, Vista Murrieta, Temecula Chaparral) ahead of another grueling Big VIII docket. A quarterback battle likely won’t be settled any time soon, so the team will have to rely on its above-average defense to keep it in games.
HEAD COACH: Scott Morrison

THE KEY PLAYERS:
Murrieta Valley
— QB Hank Bachmeier, Soph. (6-foot-2, 185 pounds); RB Austin Bacher (5-10, 190); RB Lika Palmer, Sr. (5-7, 180); RB/DB Maurice Bell, Sr. (5-10, 170); WR Marquis Spiker, Jr. (6-foot, 182); OL Anthony Pardue, Jr. (6-4, 275); OL Clay Hatch, Jr. (6-foot, 240); DE Kane Bowen, Sr. (6-1, 195); LB Alex Schweizer, Sr. (5-11, 210); LB Trevor Whitehead, Jr. (na); S Brock Berry, Soph. (na)

Corona Santiago — QB Joshua Garcia, Sr. (5-foot-11, 165 pounds); QB Nathaniel Castillo, Soph. (5-9, 160); RB Darnay Smith, Jr. (na); WR Sean North, Sr. (5-11, 175); WR Kaleb Patterson, Jr. (6-foot, 165); OL/DL David Rowland, Sr. (na); LB Alex Benter, Sr. (6-3, 215); LB Edward Hatcher, Sr. (na); DB Brent Kelly, Sr. (na); DB Justin Romo, Sr. (5-11, 175); DB Christian Lomeli, Sr. (6-foot, 180)

THE DIFFERENCE:
How many completions will Bachmeier have tonight? 10? 15? 25? Somewhere in between? For Santiago, the answer is ‘the fewer the better’.

THE FINAL SCORE:
Murrieta Valley 23, Corona Santiago 13

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