The Arroyo High football team's offense needed a jump-start entering the fourth quarter of their home game Saturday against Oakland Tech, and DeJon Savage provided the electricity.
The 5-foot-9, 180-pound senior scored on a 48-yard run with 5 minutes, 19 seconds remaining, and teammate Carlos Jimenez tied the game at 13 with the ensuing point-after-touchdown kick. Then Savage provided the winning score when he caught a pass from Isaac Tapia and sprinted for a 71-yard touchdown with 59.5 seconds remaining in a 20-13 Arroyo victory.
"The middle of the field was open. I stemmed (a defender) outside and it was a good throw by my quarterback," said Savage about the winning touchdown, which was a post play.
Oakland Tech (2-2) didn't give up, however.
The Bulldogs proceeded to move the ball from their own 20 to the Arroyo 20 with 8.9 seconds remaining. On the final play of the game, Tech quarterback James Lewis looked for an open receiver, but was under pressure and took off toward the end zone. He was stopped at the 3-yard-line and Arroyo's Caleb Guarino recovered an ensuing fumble as time expired. It was one of two recovered fumbles by Guarino.
Savage had 49 yards rushing and 91 yards receiving in the game. Ryan Gordan led Arroyo (2-2) in rushing with 67 yards and had a 24-yard touchdown run in the first quarter. Tech's Jeremiah Varnedoe rushed for a game-high 117 yards, including a 33-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter with 9:34
Arroyo 20, Oakland Tech 13
Oakland Tech 0 7 0 6-- 13
Arroyo 6 0 0 14-- 20
A -- Gordan 24 run (run failed)
OT -- Jackson 17 pass from Lewis (Spindle kick)
OT -- Varnedoe 33 run (kick blocked)
A -- Savage 48 run (Jimenez kick)
A -- Savage 71 pass from Tapia (Jimenez kick)
Rushing: OT -- Varnedoe 15-117, Thomas 9-42, Lewis 14-22, Daniels 5-9, Collins 1-1. Totals 44-191. A -- Gordan 7-67, Savage 3-49, Jordan 4-3, Harrison 11-(-1), Tapia 3-(-13). Totals 28-105.
Passing: OT -- Lewis 6-15-0-71. A -- Tapia 7-17-1-134.
Receiving: OT -- Jackson 4-32, Hunt Jr. 1-22, Johmson 1-17. Totals 6-71. A -- Savage 3-91, Gordan 2-34, Guarino 2-9. Totals 7-134.
Fumbles/lost: OT - 7/3; A - 3/0.
Records: Arroyo 2-2, Oakland Tech 2-2.