Leading 21-20 in overtime and lining up to stop a Pittsburg extra point attempt, there was only one thought on the mind of Deer Valley lineman Flenoid McCleary.
"I was just thinking that I have to get my hands up and get this," the junior said.
McCleary blocked the attempt, capping off a furious Deer Valley comeback win at Pittsburg in Bay Valley Athletic League play Friday.
Trailing 14-0 entering the fourth quarter, Deer Valley sophomore Nzuzi Webster scored two touchdowns, including one on an 83-yard fumble return, to even the game at 14 with just under two minutes remaining.
Pittsburg kicker Irwin Chivichon missed a 44-yard field goal wide left, forcing overtime.
"We just kept chipping away. Our defense really came up big by creating that turnover," said Deer Valley head coach Rich Woods.
Pittsburg (4-3, 1-1) dominated much of the first half, holding Deer Valley (4-3, 2-0) to just 63 total yards and four first downs. Meanwhile, the Pirates amassed 201 total yards and scored on a 26-yard touchdown pass from Malik Watson to Terrance Barnes and on a 6-yard run by Fe'ao Vunipola.
Deer Valley's offense started moving the ball in the third quarter, but a 13-play, 76-yard drive stalled at the Pirate 4 yard line. Deer Valley was forced to punt on its next possession.
Pittsburg then ran into trouble when a short punt gave the Wolverines the ball on the Pirates 29 yard line. Deer Valley scored two plays later when
"We knew we had to score quickly," Woods said.
Watson finished the game with 282 yard passing and two touchdowns, both to Barnes. Barnes had 176 receiving yards.