BY JOELLE MILHOLM Special to The Californian
The Stockdale defense came up with a crucial stop with 15 seconds left Friday to seal a 48-42 victory over Centennial in a Southwest Yosemite League game at Centennial.
The Mustangs made their defensive stand when Centennial had possession on a fourth-and-goal situation at the Stockdale 10-yard line.
Golden Hawks quarterback Reagan Enger, who ran for 176 yards in the game, scrambled to the right before he was upended an inch shy of the goal line.
Three Mustangs rushed for more than 100 yards in the barn burner.
"For us, it was win the game right now, and it couldn't have been any closer than it was," Stockdale coach Mike Snow said. "But that's just a Stockdale-Centennial game. They are always crazy like that, a lot of points, exciting and we are fortunate to come out on top this year."
In the battle of the twirling tornado running of Enger versus the speeding wrecking ball that is D.J. Martin, it turned out that horsepower won. Martin ran for 203 yards and three touchdowns in a game with five lead changes. Stockdale also was helped by 116 yards rushing from Xavier Chisolm and 101 yards from Adarius Rowell.
The Mustangs (4-3, 2-0) jumped out to a 19-7 lead in the first quarter, before Centennial (2-5, 0-2) came to life. Spinning down field like a tornado, either blowing by defenders or bringing them with him, Enger brought the Golden Hawks back. With his longest run of the night, Enger sped 47 yards on a drive that ended with a 2-yard scoring dive by Noah Frazier that gave Centennial a 28-27 lead at halftime.
Frazier, who finished with 147 rushing yards and three TDs, carried Centennial in the second half. He scored on a 70-yard run in the third to put the Golden Hawks up 35-27, but Stockdale answered with three straight touchdowns, two from Martin and one by Delfino Romero when he recovered a blocked punt deep in Centennial territory and ran it into the end zone.
With Stockdale up 48-35, Frazier scored another TD and the Golden Hawk defense came up with a huge stop on fourth down to give Enger a chance to come back with 3:26 left and 74 yards to go.
In the end, they only made it 73 yards and 11 inches.