Football: Vista Murrieta's special teams keep producing big plays

Eric Sondheimer
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Vista Murrieta Coach Coley Candaele is proud to say he's in charge of special teams coaching.

"We spend as much time on special teams as offense and defense," he said.

And it shows. During the West Valley Division playoffs, the Broncos have two blocked punts and two blocked field goals. They have a kickoff return for a touchdown and a punt return for a touchdown. They also keep scoring on defense with interceptions and fumble returns.

Yes, you can say the Broncos are very opportunistic. People almost forgot about them early in the season, but they are 11-2 and will be playing in their sixth consecutive championship game on Saturday at 2 p.m. against Mission Viejo at Angel Stadium.

"We did struggle early," Candaele said. "However, I was so proud of our team and the way we developed and came a long ways. We went from having low expectations to having very high expectations. I think everyone counted us out after the first four or five games, and because of that, our kids got super hungry."

The big change was moving Kyle Williams from receiver to quarterback, and by midseason, when he began to learn how to play quarterback, the Broncos took off.

"At the end of the season, you get tired," Candaele said. "Our kids are ready to roll."




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