September 23, 2017
HUNTINGTON BEACH – San Juan Hills rallied for three touchdowns in the final quarter to defeat Huntington Beach, 29-19, in a nonleague game Friday night at Huntington Beach High, snappig its two-game losing streak.
With the Stallions trailing 19-7 as the fourth quarter began, quarterback Matt Rodriguez guided them to a 12-play, 41-yard scoring drive that he capped with a 1-yard TD run that made the score 19-14.
After an Oilers three-an-out, Rodriguez had San Juan Hills (3-2) back on the move deep in Huntington Beach territory. On a fourth-down play, the Stallions were aided by a costly Oilers penalty that gave the Stallions a first down on the Huntington Beach 19.
Two plays later, Rodriguez tossed a 19-yard TD pass to Ryan Collins and then he completed the 2-point conversion to give the Stallions a 22-19 lead with 3:29 to play.
San Juan Hills free safety Matt Barrows intercepted an Oilers pass on the following series and Chase Monarch followed with a 36-yard touchdown run to seal the win with 1:38 left.
“Even though we started off slow, our offense locked in, in the fourth quarter,” said Rodriguez, who completed 23 passes for 259 yard and two TD passes. “This is a big win for us and we had a big second half.”
Jeremiah Flanagan scored two touchdowns in less than a minute in the second quarter to give Huntington Beach (1-4) a 13-0 lead.
Flanagan caught a 6-yard TD pass from Arick McLawyer and then returned an interception 56 yards for a second touchdown.
Rodriguez rallied the Stallions and tossed a 9-yard TD pass to Travis Lau with 11 seconds left in the half to cut the lead to 13-7 at the break.
“We had it and we let it get away,” said Oilers coach Brett Brown. “In the second half we couldn’t get off the field and they made plays when they had to.”
Caleb Webb rushed for 101 yards for the Oilers.