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Silver Valley football wins in OT
EDWARDS • Friday night’s football game turned into an endurance contest. And the Trojans won it.
In a marathon contest that took over four hours to play and went to overtime, the Silver Valley football team outlasted Desert, 52-45, in a road match at Edwards.
It was about as lopsided as a game can get. The first half belonged to the Trojans, who had opened up a seemingly comfortable, 32-0, lead by halftime. The Scorpions came roaring back in the second half, however, scoring 25 points in the third quarter and 20 more in the fourth. Silver Valley got the only points in OT, for the win.
“In the first half, our game plan worked great, they had no answer for us. I had five receivers throwing the heck out of the ball and we had three interceptions,” said Trojans head coach John Stewart. “We started to get tired in the second. They recovered three onside kicks. We were in position, but not making the plays.”
As the game wore on – the third quarter alone, in which 32 points were scored, took almost 90 minutes to play – fatigue and injuries became a problem for both teams. Several players left with minor injuries and the Trojans’ Darick Teube went to the hospital to be checked out. Coach Stewart says he expects Teube to play in the next game.
“I thought the third would never end. On every first down there was a timeout, and lots of injuries,” said coach Stewart. “Desert ran probably 80 plays and we ran probably 60. That’s a lot of plays, and my offensive and defensive lines just got tired.”
The score was tied at 39 with about four minutes left in the game when Evan Martinez scored for Valley. That put the visitors up, 45-39, but Desert was able to answer with a touchdown in the time remaining to tie it again and send it to overtime. The Trojans provided the only offense of the extra period. Brian Ili caught a pass and ran to the 1-yardline, from which Martinez scored on the next play.
Martinez had four passing and two rushing touchdowns and over 400 yards in the air. Dan Quixchan had an interception for a touchdown, and James Liker kicked six extra points.
“As soon as they got those onside kicks we could have given up, but we didn’t,” said Stewart. “They’re a good team and to hold them to no points in the first half is a real accomplishment. We gave up over 700 yards of offense, mostly in the second half, and I’m not happy about that, but we just ran out of gas. It wasn’t always pretty but we held on.
“(Dante) Fields and Ili took almost every snap and performed right to the end. Nobody gave up and I’m proud of the effort everyone gave. Now we have a much-deserved bye week coming up.”
The Trojans get to rest and heal up this week. They’ll take the field again on Sept. 28 for a rare Saturday game at Desert Christian in Lancaster for a 7 p.m. kick-off.