High school football: Desert Hills scores on game's final play to clinch 3AA title win over Pine View
"Our defense did it. If we didn't have our defense, we would not have won the ballgame at all. ... This is the best feeling ever. Oh, yeah!"
Desert Hills took the opening kickoff and drove 80 yards on 15 plays, eating up 7:14 off the first-quarter block by the time Broadhead broke into the end zone from a yard out to give the Thunder a 7-0 lead.
They extended the margin to 14-0 early in the second period when Reber hauled in a pass from Warmsley, trampled a couple of would-be tacklers and took it 37 yards to the end zone for the touchdown.
"That was it — the start — to get those points early," Franke cited as the key to his team's title-taking victory. "And then just hanging with it and being patient and hanging with it."
After a wild second-quarter exchange of interceptions by both sides, Pine View (9-3) finally got on the scoreboard with 3:31 to go in the first half on Tiatia's 1-yard plunge.
That made it 14-7 at halftime, but the best was yet to come.
Pine View's Bladen Hosner hauled in a 49-yard touchdown pass from Kody Wilstead to tie it up at 14 midway through the third quarter, before Tiatia scored the go-ahead touchdown for the Panthers early in the fourth.
"We expected it," Franke said of Pine View's comeback. "They're a great team; they're not going to be sitting down or anything. They're a great team."
But on this night, that great team got beat by an even greater finish.
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