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South San inches from spotless 27-6A record

October 2, 2018

In football, sometimes everything appears to be going your way, until something unexpected derails it. That’s why it’s called a game of inches.

South San (2-3, 1-1) experienced that firsthand in a District 27-6A game Saturday at Comalander Stadium. The Bobcats tied the score with 2:22 remaining, only to watch MacArthur’s Zach Hopkins win it 25-22 with a 30-yard field goal ruled to be just inside the left upright with four seconds left.

“They had a good snap and good hold,” South San coach Ron Kretz said. “According to officials, the ball went through the goalposts.

“I’m proud of the guys. They played really hard.”

After an uneventful third quarter, the Brahmas took a 15-14 lead five plays into the fourth. Then they scored on the first play of their next possession.

Go-to receiver Lanir Shabazz (123 yards, 8 receptions) caught an 18-yard pass from Austin Lee for the go-ahead score. After the Bobcats went three-and-out, back Julius Ashe (168 yards, 14 carries) uncorked a 71-yard touchdown run.

In response, senior quarterback Raul Agosto (114 yards, 20 carries) scored from the Brahmas 2, two plays after fumbling at the goal line.

MacArthur drove 90 yards in hurry-up mode for a badly needed win.

“(South San’s) offense is very hard to defend against,” MacArthur coach Ben Cook said. “I give them a ton of credit. They give you all you want, and then some.”

The Bobcats overcame some nagging penalties to lead 14-9 at halftime.

South San took the lead on a 13-yard run from Agosto with 2:44 until intermission. Agosto followed Ethan Rosales block into the end zone. With Jose Crispin’s extra point, the Bobcats had a five-point lead.

Earlier in the drive, Agosto passed to Bobcats senior Jonah Aldana (67 yards, 2 receptions) — who made big plays all night offensively and defensively — for 35 yards into Brahma territory. Agosto then scrambled 10 yards on a keeper to the MacArthur 35.

MacArthur scored first, on a 30-yard fumble return by Kodee Soto with 8:34 left in the first quarter. South San had driven nearly to midfield on its first possession before losing the fumble.

“We gave up nine points with that safety and the scoop-and-score. That’s the difference in the game,” Kretz said. “Our defense played great.”

Two plays later, South San senior back Jacob Martinez (107 yards, 10 carries) found an opening over the right side of the line and dashed 79 yards for a tying touchdown.

Holy Cross 44, Austin St. Michael’s 0

The Knights (3-2) blanked traditionally tough Austin St. Michael’s (2-3) Sept. 28 in a non-district game at Wheatley Heights Sports Complex.

Holy Cross junior quarterback Gibby Salas completed 11 of 13 passes for 167 yards and two touchdowns. Ethan Lara (80 yards, 14 attempts) ran for three touchdowns

The Knights’ Adam de la Garza and Marc Garcia scored on interception returns of 41 and 71 yards. Holy Cross picked off four passes.

Central Catholic 14, Devine 13

The Buttons (3-2) won their non-district game at Devine (2-3) with 1:08 remaining when Doug Karam hauled in a 24-yard pass from Nick Chavez (6 of 14, 68 yards).

Zach Davidsmeyer led Central Catholic with 97 yards and a touchdown on 14 tries. Chavez ran for 65 yards.

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