Week 7 high school football preview capsules
(Games start at 7 p.m. unless noted)
MURRIETA MESA (6-0, 1-0) at VISTA MURRIETA (1-5, 0-1)
Game info: Here’s your chance, Murrieta Mesa. Since become a full-schedule varsity program in 2010, the Rams have gone 6-30 in the Southwestern League and have never beaten either of the other Murrieta schools. But they’ve started this season 6-0 and catch a Broncos team coming off a 38-17 loss to Murrieta Valley. Mesa beat Temecula Valley, 59-10, in its league opener last week, has a standout RB in Kai Thompson — he’s already almost at 1,000 yards rushing — and bona fide passing combination with QB Jeff Miller and WR Gio Sanders. Except for a wild, 59-58 overtime win over Valley View, Mesa — ranked No. 6 in the CIF-Southern Section Division 4 — has won each game easily. Don’t count out a program like Vista Murrieta, though, which played a ridiculously tough nonleague schedule and still have Khalil Shakir, who can line up anywhere on the field.
CHAPARRAL (4-2, 0-1) at MURRIETA VALLEY (4-2, 1-0)
Game info: The Pumas played tight with Great Oak until the fourth quarter last week before falling 31-14, but they’re a team that’s show improvement. They’ll have their hands full this week with the Nighthawks, who established themselves as clear league favorites in a 38-17 win over rival Vista Murrieta. They showed the ability to win even when the offense isn’t 100 percent in sync, thanks to a fast-improving defese, led by seniors Noah Baca and Trevor Whitehead, who combined for 25 tackles. The Pumas can match the Nighthawks in the trenches but will need to control the clock to stay in this one.
BIG VIII LEAGUE
SANTIAGO (5-1, 1-0) at CENTENNIAL (4-1, 1-0)
Game info: Centennial has won all 20 matchups in the “Battle of Rimpau Avenue” series, including a 45-7 victory […]