Kyle Moreno's pass hung in the air, soaring beneath the blue moon hanging over the field at Concord High School on a cold Friday night. The Amador Valley quarterback had sent the fourth-down pass down the right side of the field toward his favorite target -- Grant Miller.
One-on-one on Miller was Concord's Daniel Golden. As the ball floated down, Golden reached up with his right hand and knocked the ball away, preserving a 16-10 victory for the Minutemen.
"I knew he was getting the ball, because that's his No. 1 receiver. He looks for him a lot," Golden said. "I saw the ball go in the air, I knew he wasn't going to get it. I knew it was mine. I wasn't going to let him get that."
It was a thrilling end to a pretty good high school football game. Amador Valley (1-1) took a 10-0 lead at halftime before Concord (2-0) came back on a pair of touchdowns and two-point conversions from Olito Thompson. The workhorse running back finished the night with 169 yards on 31 carries.
The Minutemen looked to be in trouble after wasting a couple of great opportunities in the first quarter. Concord marched down the field to the Dons' 11-yard line on the game's first possession before turning the ball over on downs. Golden then intercepted Moreno's pass on Amador Valley's first play on offense, setting up the Minutemen at the Dons' 28. Again, Concord turned the ball over on downs.
Amador Valley took a 7-0 lead early in the second quarter on an
Thompson got Concord on the scoreboard on a 1-yard run, capping a 13-play, 77-yard drive. He later scored on a 12-yard run.