CLOSER LOOK: Murr. Vly’s Hank Bachmeier
Take a closer look at Murrieta Valley sophomore quarterback Hank Bachmeier and you’ll see a kid doing his best to make all the right moves.
Handed the starting job as a freshman last season, the 6-foot-3 right-hander passed for 2,854 yards and 36 touchdowns as the Nighthawks advanced to a CIF-Southern Section West Valley Division quarterfinal round playoff game.
Expectations and plaudits have been heaped upon Bachmeier, and will only continue after his first performance (17-for-23, 234 yards, 4 TDs) of the 2016 season.
We caught up with him after Murrieta Valley’s 55-31 win over Corona Santiago on Friday, Aug. 26, 2016.
InlandFieldhouse.com: For it being a season opener how do you think you played?
Hank Bachmeier: “Honestly, the whole entire offense, the guys came out great. I, myself, played a little sloppy. For us to win games I need to play better. I need to get rid of the ball quicker (and) need to make the right reads. I just to play better overall, and I think that if I play better, because the other guys played great tonight, then we’re going to be a lot better.”
InlandFieldhouse.com: What has changed for you since your last game last season?
Bachmeier: “The more experience you have it helps our a lot. Being in the system for a year, seeing defenses and getting game reps, it’s the best thing.
InlandFieldhouse.com: You play Redlands in Week 1. What can you carry into that match up?
Bachmeier: “I think we came into this game (vs. Santiago) light. Santiago is a great team, and I think we need to come in with a better mindset overall and be prepared more.”
InlandFieldhouse.com: Where are the team’s goal set right now?
Bachmeier: “It’s to win the Southwestern League and go for a state title.”
IndlandFieldhouse.com: How difficult do you think that will be?
Bachmeier: “It’s going to be very difficult. (Vista Murrieta) is a great team. They’ve been king in Southwestern League for a very long time but we think we can do it so long as we execute. That’s why we’re just focused on Redlands now.