It’s a calculated risk, but Redwood head coach Shaun Ball decided to go for the two-point conversion in overtime in front of his home crowd, and, in this instance, the gamble paid off.
Instead of kicking the easy-PAT to extend the overtime, the Rangers’ Jordan Morrison was able to punch in the game-winning two-point conversion in the second session of overtime against Sanger on Friday in Visalia, as Redwood came away with a 42-41 win.
Redwood also need a crucial two-point conversion in the fourth quarter to even get to overtime. Malik Harrison had caught a 20-yard touchdown pass from Raul Alvarez to bring the score to 28-26 in Sanger’s favor. On the two point conversion, Alvarez connected with Brodie Surfus to tie the game at 28-28.
In the first overtime session, Morrison scored on a two-yard touchdown run for the Rangers and Chris Santos had a three-yard touchdown run for Sanger. Coincidentally both teams missed their extra points, forcing a second overtime.
Ih the second overtime, quarterback Johnny Pinedo scored on a 25-yard touchdown run and Steven Villagomez successfully kicked the PAT to give Sanger a 41-34 lead.
Redwood responded with a 14-yard touchdown pass from Alvarez to Manuel Rubalcaba, followed by Morrison’s game-winning two-point conversion.
The first half was actually pretty low scoring, as the teams went into halftime with a 7-7 tie.
Alvarez passed for 357 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions, but struggled with his completion percentage, as he went 22-for-47.
Redwood senior wide receiver Ervin Yancy had possibly the greatest game of his high school career, as he caught eight passes for 238 yards and a touchdown.
Pinedo led Sanger in rushing with 13 carries for 113 yards and a touchdown.
Tough-yardage extraordinaire Chris Santos punched in four touchdowns of 15, two, one and three yards for Sanger. He rushed for a total of 78 yards on 18 carries.
Fellow Apache running back rushed for 76 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries.
Redwood moves onto the next round to face the top-seeded Garces.