EL CENTRO – Milpitas drove 54 yards late in the fourth quarter to post a come-from-behind 45-41 win over Southwest-El Centro in the CIF State 4-A championship game Saturday night.
It was the first state football championship in school history for the Trojans.
“We played a great team and they came back hard on us but in the end we made the plays,” said Milpitas coach Kelly King.
The game started slowly for the Trojans as Southwest deferred and kicked off to the visitors.
Milpitas drove but ultimately punted, and Tyler Saikhon caught a 69-yard pass for a touchdown and 7-0 lead.
The Trojans answered on their next play from scrimmage with a 70 yard touchdown run by Tariq Bracy.
Southwest went back on top 14-7, but Bracy scored again to make it 14-14.
Senior kicker Mariano Robles then hit a 20-yard field goal and Milpitas was ahead 17-14. It was the first of three field goals byb Robles, who also connected from 27 and 37 yards.
“I knew I was going to play a big part in this game,” Robles said. “I came into the game thinking that if it came down to making a kick to win I could do it.”
Milpitas then took a 24-14 lead into halftime as Tyree Bracy found brother Tariq on a 35-yard pass play.
With Tariq Bracy rushing for 161 first-half yards on 12 carries and with the Milpitas defense having held Southwest’s Saikhon to just four yards, things looked good for the Trojans.
Things looked even better for the Trojans when senior defensive captain Gabriel Erickson intercepted a pass that Robles converted into three points and a 27-14 lead.
“I watched film and so I keyed on the fullback and saw him creeping out and the linemen moving forward and I figured screen and made a play on the ball,” Erickson said.
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Source:: The Mercury News – Sports