Wolfpack attacks, takes down Mustangs in exciting 43-42 win in overtime
Friday, September 20th, 2013
Issue 38, Volume 17.
The Mustangs were the 2011 CIF Champions and were ranked #1 in pre-season CIF polls. Great Oak was prepared for a fight and was "all in" from the top down.
The Wolfpack drew first blood on the very first play from scrimmage as Nick Fisher (14 carries, 93 yards) raced 69 yards untouched down the right sideline for a touchdown.
The Mustangs answered with a seven-play 80-yard drive. Sheriron Jones (11-for-20, 185 yards, 4 TD’s), considered one of SoCal’s top quarterbacks, found his favorite receiver Cedric Peterson on an option pass for a 10-yard score with 9:20 left on the clock. A tied game with less than three minutes elapsed in the first quarter and the battle was on!
Less than three minutes later, sophomore Demetric Felton (six carries, 52 yards) converted a third-and-one off-tackle play into a 36-yard score for a 14-7 Wolfpack lead.
The Great Oak defense held Rancho Verde to a three-and-out; but the Rancho Verde defense was only on the field for two plays as Isaiah McGraw intercepted Great Oak’s Laquan Williams (14-of-19, 188 yards, five TD’s) on the 36-yard line.
Five plays and two minutes later, the Mustangs found green pasture in the end zone when Jones hit Tyler Washington on a 15-yard play-action pass to tie the game at 14-14 in the first quarter.
Eleven plays and four minutes later, Williams found his favorite receiver Brandon Presley (six catches, 106 yards, 2 TD’s) on an 11-yard fade to put Great Oak back on top 21-14. The Mustangs responded with a 13-play, 80-yard drive, scoring on a sweep left to tie the game at 21 at the 7:20 mark.
The Wolfpack retook the lead 28-21 with 1:11 left in the half on an 18-yard swing pass to Latrelle Franklin; the defense forced a second three-and out to end the half.
Last year Rancho Verde handed Great Oak a fourth-quarter 28-24 Homecoming night loss and the Mustangs came out of halftime bucking for a win as Keshaun Slaughter (15 carries, 88 yards) ran for 41 yards on the opening sweep and 16 on a straight dive play. Jones capped off the nine-play drive with a three-yard bootleg to tie the game once again, 28-28.
Five minutes later, on a third-and-four from the 44-yard line, the Wolfpack coaching staff called the first of two gutsy plays and Williams hit Presley on a 44-yard bomb for the go-ahead score, 35-28.
Rancho Verde then drove from their 27-yard line to the Great Oak 27, where the Wolfpack defense stopped them on an incomplete pass, a tackle by LB Max Burrows and a pass defense by CB Damion Marshall to force a turnover on downs by the Mustangs.
The teams’ defenses both stiffened and they traded possessions – a second interception of Williams and four punts. Great Oak had possession with 5:23 left in the game, but an incomplete pass, a one yard run, a Great Oak timeout, another incomplete pass and a punt gave the ball back to the Mustangs on their 38 with four minutes left.
Two-and-one-half minutes later, Rancho Verde tied the game, 35-35, with a Jones to Marcus Young pass.
In overtime, Rancho Verde scored on the first play from the 25-yard line with a bubble pass to Slaughter to race into the lead, 42-35. Great Oak got nothing on a counter play, five yards on an out pass to Jonathan Hernandez, and then finally scored on a post pass from Williams to Andrew Molinar.
"I could see Prsley was covered," said Molinar, "and Laquan and I made eye contact and I caught the ball."
Great Oak lined up to go for the two-point conversion.
"We had momentum," said head coach Robbie Robinson. "Let’s either win it or lose it right now."
The second gutsy coaching call of the game paid off as Williams found Presley on an inside route and Presley fought his way into the end zone to win the game by one point, 43-42.
"The kids played great with a lot of heart the whole game," shouted Robinson. "This is a huge win!"
Great Oak faces Central Division’s #1-ranked Heritage Patriots (3-0) who suffered their only loss of the last regular season against Great Oak, 35-32, when the Wolfpack came together for a classic goal-line stand holding them for four downs within the six-yard line.
Heritage has been rolling over their pre-season opponents – San Jacinto, JW North, Beaumont – outscoring them 124-38. The Patriots are led by D1 recruits Sione Takitaki (25 carries, 248 yards, 1 TD) and Limahai Hifo (40 carries, 354 yards, 4 TD’s rushing; nine catches, 146 yards receiving). Sophomore QB Brett Virgil has completed 80 percent of his passes for 366 yards and six TD’s, giving the traditional powerhouse running team an aerial threat.
This will be a great game to watch this week. Game time is 7 p.m. Friday at Great Oak.
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