It had to feel like deja vu for Tyler Arnsberg.
For the second straight game, the Golden Valley running back opened the second half with fumbles on consecutive possessions.
And for the second straight game, the turnovers resulted directly in a 14-point swing.
This time, however, Arnsberg got his opportunity to atone.
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The junior sidestepped a tackle, made his way to the outside and exploded down the right sideline for a 29-yard touchdown run with 5:56 to play.
Arnsberg's third touchdown run on the night put a cap on Golden Valley's 34-20 victory over Tollhouse Sierra at Stadium '76.
"I think it got in my head a little bit," said Arnsberg, who finished with 201 rushing yards on 15 carries. "It was a close game, and I tried to do a little too much. I lost my head a little bit."
Golden Valley (1-1) led 13-7 at the half thanks to an Arnsberg TD run and a 24-yard touchdown pass from Jerry Martinez to Trey Askew.
After forcing Sierra's first three-and-out of the game to open the second half, GV looked poised to take over with the ball right around midfield.
Unfortunately, on its first play, Arnsberg disappeared into a mass of linemen. Both teams converged in a scrum and began trying to move the pile with the GV back stuck in the middle.
The referees never blew the whistle and a few seconds later, Sierra's Nico McGrath emerged from the pile with the ball. The linebacker rumbled 55 yards for the score, giving Sierra a 14-13 lead.
Arnsberg answered right back with a 70-yard run inside the Sierra 10-yard line on GV's next possession, but had it called back by a holding penalty.
He fumbled on the very next play.
Sierra took advantage, driving 50 yards on eight plays. Kyle Barrcus ran the ball in from 4 yards out to make it 20-13 Sierra.
"I told the kids before the game, that it could go two ways," GV coach Jake Messina said. "Either we were going to roll this smaller school -- which we might of had our opportunities to do -- or they were going to play us really tough.
"These mountain teams know how to play and they came right at us.
"The kids kind of absorbed that blow and responded."
Golden Valley answered immediately, tying the game up on its next possession.
GV marched 62 yards in eight plays, with Arnsberg punching it in from 5 yards out.
After struggling with Sierra's offense for most of the game, the GV defense stiffened up at the right time.
Messina's defense forced just the second three-and-out of the night and Robert Gilliam put GV back up for good on the ensuing punt.
Gilliam juked the initial defender and burst through a seam down the middle of the field for a 56-yard touchdown.
Arnsberg put the game away six minutes later with his third score, pounding the ground in celebration while bellowing a cry of relief.
"That was a little bit of redemption and a little bit of a makeup to my team for putting those two balls on the ground," Arnsberg said. "This is a win we needed and I'm proud of this team for getting it done."