Great Oak’s victory is first football win over Vista Murrieta
TEMECULA — Behind the rushing of Danny Morales and a stellar defensive effort, Great Oak defeated Vista Murrieta 26-14 Friday night.
The victory is the first for the Wolfpack over the Broncos in school history and secured the No. 2 spot in the Southwestern League.
Morales rushed for 169 yards on 29 carries and scored three touchdowns, while the defense, led by Jack Lamb and Preston Toner, held the Broncos in check all night.
Great Oak (3-2, 5-5) set the tone early by driving 76 yards on 21 plays on its first possession, eating up 7:48. Ryan Richter gave Great Oak a 3-0 lead on a 21-yard field goal.
The defense then forced a fumble, and on the next play Morales sprinted 32 yards for a touchdown and a 10-0 Wolfpack lead.
In the second quarter, the Broncos cut the lead to 10-7 when Khalil Shakir scored from a yard out with two minutes left in the half. But Great Oak quickly drove into Vista Murrieta territory and Richter added a 24-yard field goal as the first half expired.
Morales scored again on Great Oak’s first drive of the second half, this time from 30 yards out to give the Wolfpack a 20-7 lead.
Later in the third quarter, Vista Murrieta (3-2, 4-6) quarterback Robert Coleman connected with De’vion Sneed on a 15-yard touchdown to make it 20-14.
Then the Wolfpack defense took over, forcing the Broncos to punt twice in the fourth quarter, the second possession aided by a sack by Toner that made Vista Murrieta turn the ball over on downs from the Broncos 11 with two minutes remaining.
Morales then added his third touchdown on a 3-yard run with 1:28 to go to seal the victory.
Great Oak ended the night with 336 yards of total offense. QB McGwire Bustamante completed 8 of 23 passes for 150 […]