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Santiago's Dynamic Duo Helps Sink Murrieta Valley

Santiago's Dynamic Duo Helps Sink Murrieta Valley
Posted on 08/20/2018
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By  | Press-Enterprise

MURRIETA — Santiago’s Vincent Pacleb goes a majestic 5-foot-6, 160 pounds. Sharks teammate Marcus Nesby is a stately 5-10, 175. Neither of them would show up on anyone’s radar or pass anyone’s vision test.

Yet Murrieta Valley is now quite familiar — and quite uncomfortable — with the both of them.

Pacleb ran for 183 yards and four touchdowns, while Nesby blocked a PAT and engineered a key interception of Murrieta Valley standout quarterback Hank Bachmeier on the goal line.

The pair paced Santiago to a surprisingly easy 42-27 victory over the host Nighthawks in the season opener Friday night.

In so doing, Santiago earned Coach Scott Morrison his second consecutive victory over the Nighthawks and 100th career win, a milestone marked with Sharks fans going crystal ball and wearing shirts sporting “100th.”

“When I’m old and retired, this will be something I’ll really appreciate,” Morrison said. “Here’s what really sunk in: these seniors — 16 of them now (who came in with me) and that’s pretty awesome.”

Pacleb and Nesby are two of them.  And anyone watching the pair would consider them awesome,  at least on Friday night.

The shortest of Pacleb’s four scores was 14 yards — 22, 42 and 30 yards were the others — the one he tallied late in the third quarter to put the Sharks ahead for good at 21-20. That came seven minutes after Murrieta Valley took its one and only lead (20-14) six plays into the second half on a 6-yard pass from Bachmeier to Jordan Murry.

Murry was one of the Nighthawks’ bright spots, hauling in 10 passes for 109 yards and firmly establishing himself as first among Bachmeier’s targets.

As for Bachmeier, considered one of the top quarterback returners in the Inland Empire and a Boise State commit, he was 21 of 33 for 310 yards and the lone touchdown. He did have three scores on punishing runs of 4, 3 and a 7-yarder as time ran out.

It was Bachmeier’s lone interception that he’s probably thinking about.

Trailing 21-20, Bachmeier had the Nighthawks on the Santiago 22 when he tried threading a pass over the middle. Nesby read the play perfectly, jumped the route and stopped the drive cold.

Santiago turned that into a 70-yard touchdown pass from Nathan Castillo to Jaron Gargalis and the 14-point swing was the difference.

“He had three interceptions against these guys last year,” Morrison said. “If we played Murrieta Valley every week, he’d be all-world.”



SANTIAGO           7      7     7    21    —   42MUR. VALLEY      0    13     7      7    —   27

First Quarter

S–Pacleb 22 run (Bayo kick), 5:47

Second Quarter

MV–Bachmeier 4 run (kick blocked), 10:23

S–Pacleb 42 run (Bayo kick), 2:50

MV–Bachmeier 3 run (Phillips kick), 0:17

Third Quarter

MV–Murry 6 pass from Bachmeier (Phillips kick), 9:22

S–Pacleb 14 run (Bayo kick), 2:05

Fourth Quarter

S–Gargalis 70 pass from Castillo (Bayo kick), 6:19

S–Castillo 30 run (Bayo kick), 2:31

S–Pacleb 30 run (Bayo kick), 1:17

MV–Bachmeier 7 run (Phillips kick), 0:00


Santiago: Pacleb 18-183, Castillo 9-70, Camarena 7-47. Murrieta Valley: Johnson 21-85, Bachmeier 13-46.


Santiago: Castillo 8-17-2-159. Murrieta Valley: Bachmeier 21-33-1-310


Santiago: Gargalis 3-95, Giles 2-21, Kurtz 2-13, Camarena 1-30. Murrieta Valley: Murry 10-109, Brown 3-68, Del Castillo 3067, Yary 3-34, Johnson 2-6, Valencia 1-26.


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