Mission Prep’s Tucker Marsano returned an interception 65 yards for a touchdown with 36 seconds left to seal a 14-10 nonleague football win for the Royals (4-3) over Riverside Christian on Saturday.
Riverside Christian running back D.J. Gordon was averaging 212.8 rushing yards per game, but Mission Prep held Gordon, who also had 19 touchdowns entering the game, to 52 yards on 22 carries.
The Royals forced Riverside Christian (4-3) to attempt 23 passes after Riverside Christian had attempted only 18 passes all season in its first six games. The Mission Prep defense responded with four interceptions.
Three lost fumbles plagued the Royals, who opened the scoring with a 9-yard touchdown pass from Tyler Baty to Zach Almon.
Cuyama Valley 34, North County Christian 30
The Crusaders (6-1, 1-1 Coast Valley League) lost a heartbreaker to the Bears (5-2, 3-0).
North County Christian had just taken a 30-28 lead with 1:48 left when the Bears returned the ball to around midfield on the ensuing kickoff.
Cuyama Valley quarterback Cho Rodriguez then capped the drive and the game on a 16-yard pass to Chad Cowan in the back of the end zone with 48 seconds left in regulation.
North County Christian then drove to the Bears 34-yard line but got no further as time ran out.
Daniel Katches, who normally starts as a wide receiver, made his first start in the backfield. He caught two touchdown passes and ran for one. He ended the game with 55 yards on 16 carries and 60 yards receiving on six catches.
The leading rusher for the Crusaders was Tyler Roth, who amassed 109 yards on 19 carries. Daniel Honeycutt had two receptions for 73 yards.