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Vista Murrieta erases 12-point deficit, defeats Chaparral football – Press Enterprise

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MURRIETA – The Vista Murrieta football team has had Chaparral’s number over the past decade.

It looked like Chaparral was going to put an end to a 10-game losing streak, but Vista Murrieta summoned up some late magic Friday night.

Vista Murrieta erased a 12-point deficit in the fourth quarter by scoring twice in the final four minutes to pull out a 34-33 victory in a Southwestern League thriller.

The decisive touchdown came with 25 seconds left on the clock, as Brady Jones found Jalen Boston wide open in end zone for a 13-yard touchdown. The play came on fourth-and-6.

“I was surprised the safety went with Sean (McDermott),” Jones said. “That had to be a mistake because Jalen was all alone. I knew as soon as I threw it, Jalen would catch it.”

Chaparral scored on back-to-back possessions in the second half to take its first lead of the game. Caron Tyler scored on a 1-yard keeper late in the third quarter, and he added another 1-yard touchdown run in the fourth.

Tyler then connected with Tracy Dobbins for a 17-yard touchdown pass midway through the fourth quarter to extend Chaparral’s lead to 33-21.

Vista Murrieta answered back with a 7-play scoring drive on the ensuing possession. Jones hit Ezekial Vestal for a 17-yard touchdown pass. Vista Murrieta’s defense forced a punt, setting up the winning drive.

“Somehow. Someway. Find a way to get it done,” Vista Murrieta coach Eric Peterson said. “It wasn’t pretty, but we found a way to finish strong and found a way to win.”

Special teams has long been an important part of Vista Murrieta’s success, and those units gave Vista Murrieta a double-digit lead before the offense took its first snap.

Sean McDermott could have called for a fair catch as he raced forward to field a punt in the opening minutes. He didn’t, and he shot through the middle for a 50-yard touchdown.

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