As much as they wanted, Millennium could not shake a tenacious Canyon del Oro squad. Jermmel Galloway scored from four yards out on Millennium's first drive of the game. A nice kickoff return and solid running from the Millennium backs set up the score. The Dorados stayed in the game by later driving down the field and hitting a long field goal to make the score at the end of the first quarter 7 to 3 Millennium.
To start the second quarter both teams were able to move ball. First, Millennium moved into Dorado territory but stalled settling for a field goal attempt. The field goal was blocked and recovered by Canyon del Oro. On their drive, they hit the tightend on a quick dump pass that looked like it was going for a long TD. On one of the best hustle plays of the year, Millennium DB Dallas Hunter stripped the ball and DB Chad Lewis recovered it before Canyon could score. This play would prove very important in what was a tight game. Millennium made the great defensive play pay off as they drove down the field and hit a field goal to make the score 10 to 3. Canyon del Oro countered on the next drive by moving the ball on the passing of QB Ryan Lush and the sure hands of TE Aaron Tevis. Canyon finished the drive when Lush hit Tevis in the corner of the end zone for a six yard TD pass. The PAT failed making the score going in at half 10 to 9 Millennium.
Neither team could get much going in the third until on third and nine from their own eleven Millennium QB Kirtus Brais hit RB Aaron Gentry on the slant out of the slot. Gentry was able to break two tackles and out run the secondary to score from eighty-nine yards out. PAT good Millennium 17 Canyon del Oro 9. The fourth quarter sees Millennium establishing the run and pounding a tired Dorado D. But penalties and a fumble by Gentry allowed Canyon del Oro to stay close. Seizing on this opportunity slick QB Ryan Lush drove the Dorados down the field converting multiple, tough, third down situations. Finally, on fourth down on the Millennium nine yard line Lush hit RB Brandon Pennick in the end zone. Canyon was able to convert on the two pointer knotting the score 17 to 17 with 16 seconds left in regulation.
After the coin toss for the OT Millennium got the ball and on the first play Aaron Gentry ran sweep left out of motion and scored from ten yards out. Dallas Hunter converted the PAT making the score 24-17. Canyon del Oro now took their shot from ten yards out. The first play was stuffed by the Tiger interior. Lush took three shots at the end zone and narrowly missed his receiver on fourth and ten ending the ball game in favor of Millennium 24 to 17.
Bottom Line: Millennium is a solid ball club all around that is made special by Gentry. His two scores of the second half came almost on cue. Ryan Lush of Canyon del Oro would not let his club get out of this ball game. He converted on third and fourth down all night. Millennium will need to tighten up its pass D and take care of the ball if they want to go deep in playoffs.
Game Balls: Aaron Gentry is a player who can break an opponent's back. In the third quarter, on third and nine, deep in his own territory, Gentry beat bracket coverage to go eighty-nine yards for the score. Canyon del Oro QB Ryan Lush is impressive. He made tough throws all night long to keep Canyon in it. He has two good junior receivers in Nic Zeigler and Aaron Tevis.