GAME OF THE WEEK: Vista Murrieta at Santiago
Vista Murrieta vs. Corona Santiago
At Santiago HS Stadium, Corona
Kickoff: Friday, Sept. 9 at 7 p.m.
THE LOW DOWN:
Vista Murrieta (2-0 overall) are making what should be difficult – a coaching change – seem routing after posting a pair of quality victories to begin David Olson’s first season. Olson, an long-time Broncos assistant, was hired to replace Coley Candaele, who resigned from as VMHS’ football coach after nine years at the helm. It certainly helps that Olson has tons of talent to lean on, starting with two-year starting QB Karson Greeley, a 6-foot-5 slinger who can run as well as throw. Greeley’s favorite targets are his twin brother, TE Kade Greeley, and junior wideout Khalil Shakir. Defensively, nothing feels better than holding your opponent scoreless, which the Broncos did with a 31-0 victory over Redondo Union last week.
HEAD COACH: David Olson
Corona Santiago (1-1) picked up itself quite nicely to beat Perris Citrus Hill, 41-10, last week. It was perhaps the most surprising score of Week 1, considering the Sharks were roundly defeated by Murrieta Valley in Week 0, looking somewhat dysfunctional on offense until the second half. Sophomore QB Nathaniel Castillo is learning on the job, but showed improvement vs. Murrieta Valley as the game progressed. Junior Darnay Smith runs hard and his hard work paid off against Citrus Hill, punishing the Hawks on a number of touchdown runs. Sharks defensive backs remain a team strength as the their front seven continues to take shape. Junior kicker Daniel Ornelas has plenty of leg and looks good from within about 40 yards.
HEAD COACH: Scott Morrison
THE KEY PLAYERS:
Vista Murrieta — QB Karson Greeley, Sr. (6-foot-5, 210 pounds); RB Cole Dubots, Sr. (6-1, 180); RB/CB Javelin Guidry, Sr. (5-10, 180); 30 Elisha Guidry, Jr. (6-foot, 173); WR Khalil Shakir, Jr. (); TE Kade Greeley, Sr. (6-foot-6, 220); DT/DE Anthony Mermea, Sr. (6-4, 285); LB Hunter Orme, Sr. (5-10, 206); CB Kevin Hicks, Sr. (5-11, 180)
Corona Santiago — QB Nathaniel Castillo, Soph. (5-foot-9, 160 pounds); 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 Justin Romo, Sr. (5-11, 175); DB Christian Lomeli, Sr. (6-foot, 180)
Vista Murrieta has so much speed on its edges that it’ll be hard to match. Factor in the Broncos’ depth (106 players on the roster) and the result will likely be mathematical.
THE FINAL SCORE:
Vista Murrieta 38, Corona Santiago 14