Terrence Brooks caught a 23-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Mike Behr on fourth down in overtime to give the Los Medanos College football team a wild 43-37 comeback win over Hartnell on Saturday in the first game of the season for both teams.
Behr completed 22 of 39 passes for 285 yards and two touchdowns and Brooks had six catches for 164 yards for Los Medanos, which trailed 37-16 in the fourth quarter before it scored three touchdowns to help send the game into overtime.
Running back Shawn Vasquez had two touchdowns in the fourth quarter, and Behr tied the game with a 11-yard touchdown run.
Late in the fourth quarter with the game tied 37-37 and 1:26 remaining, LMC defensive back Aaron Cole intercepted a tipped pass to halt a Panthers drive.
"It was a good win," Cole said. "We've been practicing hard since January, and it paid off."
In overtime, Panthers receiver Da'Quan Smith fumbled a catch on the 3-yard line. The ball rolled into the end zone for a touchback, and set the stage for the heroics of Behr and Brooks.
"We can start out better," Behr said. "We need to start the game how we finish."
Los Medanos fought through a shaky first half and fell behind 27-9 with 12:43 left in the third quarter after Hartnell running back De'Andre Mann's 1-yard run. The Mustangs answered as Behr finished off a six-play, 73-yard drive with a 1-yard touchdown run with 4:32 remaining in the second quarter.
"You can't go 10-0 without going 1-0," LMC coach Chris Shipe said. "We fought through this game and gave ourselves the opportunity to beat a good team."
Los Medanos will be on the road next week at Cabrillo College.