In a game full of offensive highlights and only three punts combined, it was a defensive stand by the Monte Vista High football team that proved to be the difference.
The No. 2 Mustangs had been torched most of Friday night by James Logan's offense, but the unit was able to make a stand in the final minutes to hold off the host Colts in a 32-29 nonleague victory.
The Colts, trailing 32-29, forced Monte Vista to punt for just the second time in the game and got the ball on their own 30-yard line with 3:17 to go and no timeouts. Quarterback Jonathan Willis guided Logan to Monte Vista's 21 with 50.6 seconds left. But it was there that Monte Vista made a stand.
Willis threw three straight incomplete passes and the Colts (1-1) brought kicker Gustavo Ulloa on to try a 37-yard field goal attempt with 25.8 second left. But the kick was low and wide left, bringing a huge sigh of relief to Monte Vista fans.
Mustangs senior quarterback Brett Nottingham quickly introduced his new receiving corps. The UCLA-bound signal caller hooked up with six difference targets, finishing with 299 yards passing. At one point, Nottingham completed 13 of 14 passes.
Nottingham's favorite target was Bryce McGovern, who caught six passes for 144 yards including a 70-yard touchdown pass that put the Mustangs (1-0) on top 25-15 with 9:37 left in the third quarter.
The unranked Colts were equally as impressive on offense. Willis rushed 18 times for 128 yards and passed for 192 yards and two touchdowns. Senior tight end Toni Pole caught a 32-yard touchdown pass to bring the Colts within 25-22 with 4:14 to go in the third quarter.
After a Nottingham 1-yard score gave Monte Vista a 32-22 lead with 1:34 to go, the Colts answered with 5:16 left in the game. Willis found Joe Castro for a 24-yard touchdown reception to make it 32-29.