A lot of people, the favored Valley Christian football team included, didn't think Friday night's game was going to come down to a last-second field goal attempt, but it did.
And junior kicker Phil Ramirez knocked home the 27 yarder as time expired to give the Warriors a 15-13 win over Archbishop Mitty at Foothill College.
"It feels good, but it's just from repetition every day in practice," Ramirez said. "I already knew it was in."
Ramirez kicked two other field goals -- of 26 and 40 yards -- for undefeated Valley Christian (5-0) as the Warriors found the end zone just once in a game they were favored to win. Valley Christian was ranked No. 1 by the Mercury News coming in. Mitty (2-3) was No. 5.
Valley Christian was averaging more than 43 points a game while Mitty was averaging about 21.
"People were saying on message boards that we were going to lose 44-0," Mitty quarterback Kyle Boehm said. "It's still a loss, but I think as a team we grew stronger."
Boehm finished with 208 yards passing and threw for two touchdowns but had one that could have put the Monarchs up by a touchdown waved off in the third quarter.
While falling out of bounds on a scramble to his right, Boehm threw 34 yards to senior tight end Tom McCullough in the back of the end zone. It looked as though McCullough got both feet in, but the linesman said McCullough stepped out.
Mitty coach Matt Haniger tried to argue the call.
"The kids played really well," Haniger said. "They scored three times and got credit for two. It's pretty disappointing to work hard all week and for that to be the outcome. We dominated that game."
The Warriors drove 69 yards in less than two minutes on their game-winning drive. Senior quarterback Zach Vaiana completed three passes to senior receiver Brian Fobbs and a 27-yard screen pass to junior standout running back Byron Marshall to set up Ramirez's field goal.
"We thought we were going to blow them out, too," said Fobbs, who finished with 101 yards receiving on seven catches. "Best team we've come against this year, hands down. We were scared in the fourth quarter."
The Warriors got on the board first, on their first possession, with Ramirez's 26-yard field goal. They could not put the ball in the end zone, despite recovering a fumble on the Monarchs 26-yard line.
Mitty answered on its next possession, when Boehm capped a seven-play, 73-yard drive with a 4-yard touchdown pass to Brandon White, who also had a 33-yard scoring catch.
After the Monarchs missed the extra point, Ramirez kicked a 40-yard field goal to make it 6-6 at halftime.
Mitty led 13-6 at one point before Vaiana broke off a 26-yard touchdown run.
"We've been reading our own press a little bit," Valley Christian coach Mike Machado said, "and maybe that was a good wake-up call for us."