LE GRAND -- Given one last chance, Brian Alvarez made sure he didn't miss.
The Livingston quarterback took the ball into his hands with less than 15 seconds left in the game, dancing briefly in the pocket before firing a tight spiral toward the corner of the end zone.
He bounced on the tips of his toes as he watched the pass sail, hoping and praying.
The ball darted between the arms of Le Grand cornerback Matthew Apodoca and into the lap of running back Jasdeep Dhanota, who somehow managed to keep his feet inbounds.
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The 28-yard throw-and-catch pushed Livingston into the lead with just 5 seconds left, and a sack by Silas Varela moments later sealed Livingston's second come-from-behind victory in as many weeks.
Final score: Livingston 32, Le Grand 28, and another riveting finish to this budding regional rivalry.
Livingston celebrated the road victory, spilling out of the stands at Joseph Fontes and Richard Geary Stadium and onto the field -- a wave of gold and purple.
In the middle of that party was Alvarez, the catalyst behind Livingston's 3-0 charge and the hero for a second straight week.
The senior scored the go-ahead touchdown on a 4-yard run in a 22-19 victory at Modesto Christian last week.
This week, he showcased his moxie for the Sac-Joaquin Section's southernmost school, single-handedly pulling Livingston back from the brink of defeat.
"We didn't want to give up. We knew we still had a chance," Alvarez said. "We threw away too many opportunies. It was time for us to capitalize on one."
Make that two.
Alvarez brought his team to within two with a 50-yard scramble early in the fourth quarter.
A designed pass play, Alvarez tucked the ball instead, stepped inside cornerback Ricky Martinez and found a seam in the defense to make it 28-26.
The clock just wouldn't move fast enough for Le Grand, now 1-1.
Finally, Alvarez made them pay, turning a short field with 30 seconds to play into the game-winning TD.
Alvarez began the drive with a 7-yard burst that moved the ball to the Le Grand 42-yard line. A pass interference call moved Livingston into field goal range with 15 ticks left.
The kicker never left the sideline. Instead, Livingston head coach Chris Lacey put the ball in Alvarez's hands.
"It was a designed streak play," Alvarez said. "(Dhanota) missed one earlier, but I still had faith in him. I gave him a jump ball and he went up and got it."
Le Grand was stunned, pleading with the officials that Dhanota had landed out of bounds.
The play stood, erasing a victory that seemed so certain minutes earlier.
Behind the play of quarterback Alex Bucio and running back Daniel Guizar, Le Grand built a lead as big as 15 points ... in the first 10 minutes of the game.
Guizar rushed for 249 yards on 27 carries and had an 80-yard touchdown run on Le Grand's first play from scrimmage.
Bucio (188 passing yards) connected with Zach Moreno (seven catches, 114 yards) on three touchdown passes, including a 9-yard strike with 4:02 left in the third quarter that gave Le Grand a 28-20 cushion.
Offense wasn't the problem for Le Grand.
Containing Alvarez was.
"This is a huge win," he said. "I can't really explain how we did it."