Los Angeles, Ca – The game was tied 21-21 with 3.5 seconds left on the clock when Hawkins kicker Brandon Sanchez #20 stepped up and nailed a 27 yards field goal for the victory 24-21 over Dorsey.
A Dorsey fumble with 3:54 started of the Hawkins final drive that used great clock management and few key plays to set up the kick.
Being in this situation before Hawkins gave the ball to running back Greg Johnson to place ball on the right hash with confidence in going for the win on Sanchez leg again.
The Dorsey Dons were looking for payback on Homecoming, from last year overtime defeat that ended in similar fashion with 50 yard Sanchez kick.
The intensity of this game was already turnt up, then by kickoff the like of Michigan’s Jim Harbaugh, USC’s Clay Helton, Cal’s Greg Burns and Jacob Peeler, Arizona’s Tony Dews, and Washington’s Jimmy Lake.
Johnson who is already verbally committed to Arizona played a solid game rushing 29 times for 190 yards. When Hawkins needed a big play Johnson was there with his legs and hands.
The fi30 News players of the game was kick returner / slot receiver Joseph Branch who returned a kick for a 86 yards touchdown in the second half and 21-13 lead. “I dropped it and knew I had to score,” said Branch “we don’t drop kick returns”
On the last Dorsey touchdown 21-19 coach Charles Mincy elected to go for 2pt conversion that was unsuccessful.
At the time looked like a big fail, his faith in his defense served well series later when a deep punt placed Hawkins on their own 5 yard line. Then the Dons pressure forced a safety due to intentional grounding call and 21-21 tie.
Few plays later with Dorsey looking for the win and having the ball in Jerman Gotoy hand at quarterback. Then came that vital third fumble of the game that lead to the loss.
Now Hawkins remains unbeaten at 7-0 and will host LA High Friday, October 21 at 7 p.m. Dorsey will play Crenshaw at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Saturday, October 22 at 10 a.m.
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