If Friday night’s offensive performance is any indication, combined with an already dominating defense, Vista Murrieta may very well find itself atop the Southwestern League standings again at the end of the season.
Junior quarterback Robert Coleman, back for the second straight game after sitting out multiple games with an injury, threw four first-half touchdowns, leading the host Broncos to a 55-7 victory over Chaparral.
“I am super proud of him,” said Vista Murrieta coach Eric Peterson about Coleman. “He understands the game better each game and he is just learning our new offense.”
The Broncos (5-2, 2-0) scored touchdowns on their first four possessions of the game to take a 28-0 lead early in the second quarter.
Coleman connected with tight end Edward Taamilo on a 55-yard score on the first drive, and then threw touchdown passes of 9 and 42 yards to receiver Alex Hill on the next two possessions.
Running back Justin Honore added a three yard touchdown run and then with six seconds left in the half, Coleman threw a two-yard strike to receiver Rickie Johnson to give Vista Murrieta a 35-0 halftime lead. The touchdown was set up by Tyreese Shakir’s 67-yard punt return to the Chaparral 23 yard line.
The Broncos defense also contributed as linebacker Darren Jones returned an Orlando Ornelas pass 90 yards for a score and defensive back Shakir returned an interception 55 yards for another touchdown.
Chaparral (5-2, 0-2) had its chances to score in the first half as the Pumas entered Bronco territory four times in the first half, but were forced to punt twice, turned the ball over on downs once, and had a turnover. The Pumas lone score came on a 66-yard Ornelas to Koale Schroeder pass in the third quarter.
The Broncos forced three turnovers and had 14 tackles for minus yardage. Vista Murrieta has only allowed two touchdowns and two field goals in its last four games.
“We have to play to our standard of football,” said Peterson. “How do we get the kids to become gritty again? We have to focus on how we play and we are getting better each week and making positive strides.”
It was the tenth straight league victory for the Broncos over the Pumas.