OAKLEY — Jake Messina looked all around him and all the Golden Valley head coach could see was mayhem.
And that was fine by him.
Messina watched as his players went crazy after pulling out a dramatic 43-38 win over Freedom on Friday night.
Jerry Martinez dropped back, scrambled around and eventually sailed a pass 40 yards to James Sanchez in the right corner of the end zone with just 2 seconds left.
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Golden Valley outscored Freedom (2-2) 23-3 in the fourth quarter to erase a 16-point deficit.
“As soon as the referee’s hands went up our kids went nuts,” said Messina, whose team improved to 3-1. “It’s just great knowing these kids haven’t had a lot of success. They haven’t felt very good about themselves. They haven’t been able to compete against top flight programs.
“To see them scratch, claw and do whatever they had to do to get this win was amazing.”
Martinez threw five touchdowns in the game, including three to Sanchez.
Golden Valley trailed 38-29 with 4 minutes left in the game.
However, Martinez found Sanchez for a 10-yard touchdown pass to pull within 38-36 with about 2 minutes left.
Then with one last throw, Martinez came up with his best of the night.
“He evaded the rush, he looped around a little bit and James came open in the corner of the end zone,” Messina said. “It was a beautiful pass. When James caught it, (the referees) didn’t want to signal the touchdown. Finally, his hands went up and the kids started jumping around.”
Golden Valley 7 6 6 23 -- 0
Freedom 7 7 21 3 -- 38
F -- D'amora Cooper 5 run (kick good)
GV -- Ja-rel Newson 10 pass from Jerry Martinez (Memo Ramirez)
GV -- James Sanchez 5 pass from Martinez (kick failed)
F -- Timazray Shepherd 53 run (kick good)
F -- Shepherd 3 run (kick good)
F -- Jordan Sheppard pass from Dante Mayes (kick good)
GV -- 85 kickoff return (conversion failed)
F -- Shepherd 85 kickoff return (kick good)
GV -- Ramirez 35 FG
GV -- Bryant Brown 35 pass from Martinez (Ramirez kick)
F -- Robert Melena 35 FG
GV -- Sanchez 10 pass from Martinez (Ramirez kick)
GV -- Sanchez 40 pass from Martinez (Ramirez kick)
Records: Golden Valley 3-1; Freedom 2-2.