FREMONT -- In an otherwise offensive-minded Mission Valley Athletic League game at Tak Fudenna Stadium Thursday night, it was the Irvington High defense that posted the biggest play of the night.
Leading by a point with 51 seconds left after a Moreau Catholic touchdown, the Mariners elected to go for a two-point conversion for the lead.
But, it wasn't to be as Barry McCabe and a plethora of Irvington players stopped Brandon Tieu short of the goal line to preserve a 56-55 win.
"That's not on the coaches, that's on the kids," Irvington coach Zach Silvernale said. "They made the play, they made the stop and they deserve 100 percent of the credit."
Moreau coach Andrew Cotter had no doubts he would go for two.
"There's not overtime in the MVAL, I'd rather go for the win than a tie," he said.
Irvington (4-4, 2-3 MVAL) got a huge game from running back Jared Lozoya, who rushed for 301 yards on 23 carries and scored a touchdown. Quarterback Jack Shank had 101 yards rushing on 10 carries. He rushed for two touchdowns and threw for two more.
Moreau (3-5, 1-3) got 229 rushing yards from quarterback Nicholas Kinast on 22 carries. He had three rushing touchdowns and one passing. He also had 202 passing yards.