Enochs quarterback Shawn Munoz compared his team’s homecoming win to a movie.
Beyer coach Doug Severe, on the other end of the decision, was speaking about life lessons.
And Eagles’ coach James Stacy was so giddy after his team held on for a 50-49 victory on the Downey High field that he was making up words.
Stacy’s wordsmithing was prompted by his own decision to have his team go for two points after Munoz’s fourth rushing touchdown pulled Enochs within 49-48 with 1 minute, 23 seconds remaining. Munoz would carry-in the conversion himself, taking a direct snap and bulling over left guard.
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“We were going to win or lose right there,” Stacy said. “It was do or die, and we dood it.”
Yes, they had the lead, but they still needed to stop Beyer, something they hadn’t done all night. Between the 232 rushing yards of Jay Green and the 15-of-17, 194-yard passing game of Nick Trujillo, the Patriots rolled up 521 of the exactly 1,000 yards gained by both teams.
And there was Trujillo again, moving the Patriots downfield in those final 83 seconds, with a pass to Jared Barnett setting up the Patriots at the Enochs 24 with 5 seconds left, and Severe sent Nick Ryan out to attempt a 41-yard field goal.
The attempt by Ryan, who drilled all seven of his conversion tries, was long enough but sailed wide left, setting off an Enochs celebration. But the Eagles were flagged for roughing on the play – the last of the 223 yards in penalty flags thrown on the teams – and Ryan got another try from 29 yards. Like the first, it was wide left.
“We’re proud of Matt, and no football game boils down to one play,” Severe said. “Fans will see that as the play that decided the game, but there were so many plays we could have made during the game to stop Enochs.
“It’s one of those life lessons. I don’t quite know what you learn from something like this, but hopefully in 20 years I’ll have figured it out and the kids will know.”
Green found the end zone six times for Beyer – four via the rush and two on passes from Trujillo. Munoz countered with a statistical effort from of a video game, completing 21 of 27 passes for 336 yards and scores to Eddie Alderson and Caden Rico, and running for another 69 yards and four touchdowns.
“I’ve never played in a game like this,” Munoz said. “It was like a movie. I’m so happy for my team right now that I can’t explain it.”
What’s to explain, other than Enochs moving to 3-0 in the Modesto Metro Conference, 3-4 overall. Beyer fell to 1-6 overall and is 0-3 in the MMC.
“I think people don’t respect us because of our record, but we’re a good team,” Severe said. “We turned the ball over early in the season. We’ve taken care of that but for whatever reason we’re not quite finishing. I wouldn’t trade my kids for anything. They’re good young men.”
It was because of that competitiveness that belied the Patriots record that Stacy didn’t hesitate to go for two when Munoz scored with 1:23 remaining.
“An overtime would have been more of the same, and still it came down to Beyer getting four shots at our end zone,” Stacy said. “They had the firepower to get it in.”