SAN JOSE -- Lincoln scored two touchdowns in the final 55 seconds Saturday to pull out a stunning 14-13 victory over host Santa Teresa.
Santa Teresa, a BVAL Mount Hamilton Division team coming off a 41-6 win over Mt. Pleasant, dominated the first three quarters, running 49 plays from scrimmage to 22 for Lincoln, a Santa Teresa Division team playing its season opener. But despite the disparity in time of possession and yards gained, the Saints led just 13-0 on a 43-yard second-quarter touchdown pass from Austin Richelle to Josh Rojas and two third-quarter field goals by Corey Garcia.
Then Lincoln, which had the ball only three plays in the third quarter and fumbled on all three, losing two, came to life.
The Lions drove 59 yards for a touchdown, a 3-yard run by Cristapher Ortez with 55 seconds left to break up the Santa Teresa shutout.
But the Lions weren't done. Kicker Santiago Huerta recovered the onside kick. Then with the Santa Teresa defense expecting a pass, fullback Jacob Avery (99 yards on 11 carries) tore off a 33-yard run up the middle. A face mask penalty moved the ball to the 12. Three runs picked up nine yards and on fourth and one from the 3 Izaiah Gonzalez connected with Jesse Galvan in the end zone for a touchdown with 0.3 seconds left. Huerta's extra-point kick was good.
"I'm really proud the kids didn't quit,'' Lincoln coach Kevin Collins said.
Until that final minute it looked as though Santa
"We were definitely the underdogs,'' Avery said. "But sometimes a small dog has a big bite.''
For 47 minutes the game story was all about the Santa Teresa defense. The Saints were on the verge of going 2-0 with only six points allowed over their first two games.
"Our defense is clearly our strong point,'' Santa Teresa coach Nick Alfano said. "We're still working in a new offense and need to get the bugs out.''
Once Lincoln's incredible comeback had concluded, Alfano was left to try to make sense of it to his team.
"Sometimes the ball bounces funny,'' Alfano said. "They got the ball at a key time and did a good job of moving the ball down the field. We couldn't stop them. Lincoln is mentally tough and Kevin Collins is one of the best coaches in the area. Give them an inch they take a yard. What I'm hoping is that eight weeks from now we look back and say this game was what we needed, that it will help us more than hurt us.''
Nick Narito led Santa Teresa's ground game with 68 yards on nine carries. Jamal Jackson had 44 yards on nine carries.
Mario Hidalgo had 53 yards on nine carries for Lincoln.
LINCOLN 14, SANTA TERESA 13
Lincoln 0 "0 "0 "14--14
Santa Teresa 0 "7 "6 " 0--13
ST -- Rojas 43 pass from Richelle (Garcia kick)
ST -- Garcia 25 FG
ST -- Garcia 30 FG
L -- Ortez 3 run (Huerta kick)
L -- Galvan 3 pass from Gonzalez (Huerta kick)
Records -- Lincoln 1-0; Santa Teresa 1-1.
MENLO 56, MISSION-SAN FRANCISCO 24
At Kezar Stadium, Menlo used two quarterbacks, including senior Matt Bradley, who threw three first half touchdown passes. Junior Jack Heneghan got the Knights scoring started with a 27 yard touchdown pass to senior Connor Statsny.
After Mission scored its first touchdown, Menlo answered with a 85 yard kickoff return by senior Max Parker.
Menlo 28 "14 "14 "0--56
Mission-S.F. 0 "12 "6 "6--24
Menlo -- Stastny 27 pass from Heneghan (Costa kick)
Menlo -- Chambers 5 run (Costa kick)
Menlo -- Paterson 55 pass from Bradley (Costa kick)
Menlo -- Osborne 13 pass from Bradley (Costa kick)
M-SF -- Porter 14 run (kick failed)
Menlo -- Parker 85 kickoff return (Costa kick)
M-SF -- Porter 1 run (kick blocked)
Menlo -- Osborne 24 pass from Bradley (Costa kick)
Menlo -- Paterson 8 run (Costa kick)
Menlo -- Rouser 2 run (Costa kick)
M-SF -- Tico 17 pass from Porter (conversion failed)
M-SF -- Porter 5 run (conversion failed)
Records -- Menlo 2-0; Mission-San Francisco 1-1.
SOBRATO 48, GILROY 44
Scoring not available