Kendrick Payne would not be denied in the Skyline High football team's nonleague victory over host Ygnacio Valley on Friday.
After being stopped on a two-point conversion run midway through the fourth quarter that would have tied the score, Payne sped into the end zone on a 10-yard run with 59 seconds remaining that gave the Titans the victory.
"I was like, we have to get back on it," said Payne about his thoughts after being stopped on the two-point conversion run. "I just ran hard (on the touchdown run). I knew they would be coming."
Skyline (2-2) trailed 28-14 at halftime, but Payne, who scored on a 6-yard run in the second quarter, continued to make his presence felt. The senior wide receiver, who was used often in a Wildcat formation, threw a 25-yard scoring pass to Golden Venters to narrow the score to 28-20 in the third quarter. After a 24-yard touchdown run by Tyrone Campbell early in the fourth quarter, Payne reached the end zone on the two-point conversion run to tied the score.
Ygnacio Valley (1-3) came back to take the lead on an 8-yard scoring run by Thomas Davis and a two-point conversion run by Jamari Pope with 7:14 remaining. But on the second play of the ensuing drive, Skyline quarterback Lionel Borrego was under heavy pressure but flipped the ball forward to Payne, who raced 57 yards to pull the Titans within two points with 6:09 remaining. After the unsuccessful conversion run, Skyline recovered its onside kick and drove 49 yards for the go-ahead touchdown.
Payne had 164 all-purpose yards. Campbell led the Titans in rushing with 151 yards, and teammate Jamell Tousant Jr. added 122 yards on the ground. Ygnacio Valley was paced by Pope, who rushed for 171 yards and threw for 119 yards.
Skyline 40, Ygnacio Valley 36
Skyline 0 14 6 20-- 40
Ygnacio Valley 8 20 0 8-- 36
YV -- Pope 14 run (Pope run)
YV -- Branch 11 run (Branch run)
S -- Payne 6 run (kick failed)
YV -- Rios 69 pass from Pope (run failed)
S -- Tousant 37 run (Payne run)
YV -- Pope 10 run (run failed)
S -- Venters 25 pass from Payne (run failed)
S -- Campbell 24 run (Payne run)
YV -- Davis 8 run (Pope run)
S -- Payne 57 pass from Borrego (run failed)
S -- Payne 10 run (run failed)
Rushing: S -- Campbell 14-151, Tousant Jr. 11-122, Payne 7-69, Burns 5-29, Borrego 1-(-2). Totals 38-369. YV -- Pope 17-171, Davis 12-79, Branch 7-33. Totals 36-283.
Passing: S -- Borrego 4-8-0-82, Payne 1-1-0-25. Totals 5-9-0-107. YV -- Pope 6-14-0-119, Recacho 0-1-0-0. Totals 6-15-0-119.
Receiving: S -- Payne 3-70, Venters 2-37. Totals 5-107. YV -- Rios 2-83, Mendez 2-15, Branch 1-20, Davis 1-1. Totals 6-119.
Fumbles/lost: S -- 2/0; YV -- 4/1.
Records: Ygnacio Valley 2-2, Ygnacio Valley 1-3.