Tesoro’s Jack Bares blocked a potential game-winning field goal attempt as time expired in regulation, and Justin Matlin made good from 30 yards in overtime as Tesoro showed its resilience and got a quality victory.
Temecula Chaparral scored three touchdowns in the last 12 1/2 minutes, and kicker Jon Baron’s 34-yard field goal was going to win the nonleague game for the home team. But Bares’ forced the overtime with his game-saving play.
Score: Tesoro 24, Temecula Chaparral 21 (OT)
Key Stats: Tesoro sophomore Devon Modster passed for 157 yards and a touchdown, and ran for two touchdowns.
Pivotal Moment: Fewer than three minutes after losing the lead—and you’d assume the game too, with momentum being on the side of host Chaparral—the Titans answered instead of giving up. Devon Modster connected with Gunner Garn for a 33-yard touchdown with1:55 remaining that capped an 80-yard, 10-play drive. Back on even footing, it set the stage for everything that happened afterward.
Quotable: “Coming into league, this is a perfect test,” Bares told the Orange County Register. “They’re a quality football team and we just had to pull through and prove to ourselves that we could do it.”
Records: Tesoro (4-1), Chaparral (2-2)
Notes: Chaparral is a tough place to play, and the program is one of the better programs in the Inland Division. ... A week after giving up 22 consecutive points in the fourth quarter of a 42-34 victory over Ontario Colony, the Titans gave up 21 consecutive points to blow a 14-0 second half lead against Chaparral. … Chaparral scored on a 75-yard pass as time expired on the third quarter, William Riley’s 4-yard run midway through the quarter and Austin Reza’s second TD pass with 4:50 left in the game. … Reza was the game’s outstanding offensive player with 306 yards passing. … Chaparral lined up for the potential winning kick with 1.4 seconds left in regulation. … Bares, who blocked the kick, also had an interception for the Titans. … After Matlin connected on his field goal in overtime, Chaparral still had a chance, but the Pumas committed a penalty and three incomplete passes forced Baron to attempt a 47-yard field goal to extend overtime. Baron’s blast was wide. … Jon Rivera led the Titans ground game with 64 yards and Wes McQuaid had 53. … Tesoro, No. 10 in the Orange County media poll, has a bye next week. The Titans have not played an Orange County team this season. They begin South Coast League play in two weeks at home against No. 5 Trabuco Hills.