Third time proves to be a charm as Broncos finally take down Huskies
By Gary Montgomery, BVN Staff –
Murrieta – Last Friday evening’s Inland Division Championship game featured two very familiar rivals, the perennial powerhouse Corona Centennial and the steadily advancing Vista Murrieta Broncos.
The two teams met last season at the same time seeking the same prize. Corona Centennial (12-2) outlasted the Broncos (45-21) and walked away with the 2010 Inland Division title and IE bragging rights.
As the old adage goes “you can’t keep a good man down”. Obviously that age old saying must also apply to football teams too. The unbeaten (officially 9-5) Broncos refused to go away and came storming back this season to make their third consecutive appearance in title game and second shot at the Huskies.
Also appearing in the 2009 championship game, their season ended with a 13-7 loss to Chaparral. Well, the third time must truly be a charm because this year’s version of the Broncos had complete confidence in their ability to win, a great game plan and near flawless execution. The Broncos were forced to forfeit its first five wins because of a clerical error associated with one of its players but went on to slice through their regular season schedule and the playoff rounds with little difficulty.
Centennial’s only loss came at the very first game of the season dropping a 29-27 loss at the hands of St. Bonaventure. After losing that game the Huskies ran the table making their way back to the title game.
The Broncos scored on their first two possessions and jumped out to a 10-0 lead. It looked like this one would be over early. The Huskies’ huge offensive line couldn’t create any running room for their super running back Romello Goodman and the Huskies continued to flounder.
Finally, on their fourth possession of the first half Goodman dashed off tackle to score Centennials first touchdown. After a 14-7 halftime lead, the Broncos pushed their lead to 27-14 late in the third quarter and the overflow crowd started to ease into pre-celebration mode.
Suddenly lightning struck when Goodman found running room and broke away for a 57-yard touchdown run. Centennial’s defense held getting the ball back. On the following possession, Huskies’ quarter Hayden Gavett saved the drive with 14-yard scamper on a fourth down. Gavett finished off the drive with a 21-yard touchdown pass to Guy-Williams to go ahead of the Broncos 28-27 with 3.29 left to play.
Facing a third consecutive finals loss staring them in the face, the Bronco signal caller Nicholas Stevens lead his team to the Huskies’ 30-yard line added by two huge penalties on 4th down. With only 26 seconds, Stevens faked a handoff to running back Aaron Piecukonis and then turned into Tim Tebow running off left tackle and picking his way through defenders until he reached end zone. Stevens’s 30-yard scamper sealed Vista Murrieta first Inland Division title after three tries.
G. Montgomery can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
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