Eastwell —— A 1-yard touchdown by impromptu fullback Reed James and a crucial goal line stand at the end of time proved the difference on Friday night, as Apple Valley came out of fashion to beat Roosevelt 35-28 in the semi-finals. Was. CIF SS Division 3 Playoffs.
With the win, Apple Valley reached its first championship game appearance in school history.
With 3:05 remaining in the fourth, James’s touchdown was a five-minute 67-yard drive that gave the Sun Devils their first and only lead of the game.
Apple Valley blocked Roosevelt twice from the 2 yard-line as time ran out to secure the win.
“Earlier this week I was switched from nose to end… Next thing I know I’m running the ball, I don’t know what happened,” James said. “On that final drive I tried not to think about it, I told myself to get ahead of that line.”
Roosevelt took the lead in the competition four times, but saw Apple Valley respond to every score in a row.
“It was one heck of a game,” said Apple Valley head coach Kyle Godfrey. “Both the teams threw their everything at each other. I’m so proud of this defense on that last stand, you can’t teach it, it was heart and will.
Roosevelt began the scoring in his opening possession on the back of a pressing effort from Jacques Neil, who reached for 73 yards on seven carries on the drive and finished it with 14 touchdown dashes.
Apple Valley responded only four plays later when Samaj Andrews broke a 34-yard touchdown run on his first touch of the contest.
Two minutes later, the Mustangs took the lead with a 64 yard touchdown reception from Chris Johnson, but saw the lead quickly evaporate when Apple Valley for the second time answered with a 45-yard touchdown pass from Noah Seeley to Drew Amico. Gave.
Early in the second quarter, a 55-yard punt return from Juan Salas gave Roosevelt the third lead of the night, but was once again wiped out by Apple Valley when Sterling Peck caught a 20-yard touchdown before the break.
Roosevelt took his final lead late in the third quarter, with Neal scoring his second touchdown of the night, but Dustin Reynolds’ touchdown at the start of the fourth ended dramatically.
Neal led the Mustang rushing efforts with 32 carries for 201 yards, while Johnson led Roosevelt in catching 5 passes for 94 yards.
Mustang quarterback Julian Viramontes was 14 of 24 in the air for 162, while his counterpart Seely completed 7 of 12 passes for 118 yards.
Reynolds led Apple Valley with 17 attempts for 110 yards, while teammate Amiko caught 3 passes for 45 yards.