Dominic Gomes blocked a potential game-tying field goal for Sacred Heart Cathedral in the first overtime period to secure a 30-27 win for host Bishop O'Dowd High in a game marred by a serious head injury to O'Dowd senior Kevin King.
King, playing quarterback, ran for a gain of four yards on the first play of overtime, but received a hit to the head and laid motionless on the ground for several minutes. Eventually, he was able to stand on his own power and was taken to Eden Medical Center in Castro Valley, according to O'Dowd coach Hardy Nickerson.
"Before he left he had movement in all his extremities," Nickerson said. "Our team doctors said he got knocked out and has a concussion. We are all praying for him, but it looked a lot worse than it ended up."
"That was for my boy, Kevin," Gomes said of his block. "They used the same snap count twice in a row and I timed it just right."
The Irish (1-2) nailed a 21-yard attempt moments prior, but it was waived off because the Dragons (3-1) called timeout.
Kicker Eric Schwartz hit a 26-yard field goal after play resumed to give O'Dowd its first lead since Wayne Thomas returned the opening kickoff 95 yards for a touchdown.
A 37-yard field goal attempt by the Dragons fell short with seconds left in regulation and Gomes intercepted the final play of regulation and returned it 27 yards to Sacred Heart 23. Briefly, it appeared he had a chance to bring it back for a game-winning score.