This was a highly anticipated match-up pitting two undefeated region foes.
Marcos forced a three-and-out and then ate up almost the entire first quarter with a 15 play drive that gave Marcos an 8-0 lead after an 18 yard David Veal to Jason Barkac TD and a two-point conversion by Alex Jasso. Veal was great on the drive, accounting for 77 yards on the drive.
The score at the end of 1 was 8-0 Marcos.
Pinnacle followed with a nice drive of their own and got into scoring position but came away with no points after they missed a 29 yard field goal.
On the next drive the Pinnacle defense forced a punt but on the Pioneer's first play after the punt, Marcos DE Jason Barkac picked up a fumble and ran it in for his second score. PAT was good. Marcos up 15-0.
The Marcos defense continued to play well and forced a punt after five plays. Marcos got the ball near midfield and it was penalties that moved their drive. A pass interference on 3rd and 20 gave Marcos a first down and one play later, RB Harrison Evens raced 47 yards to pay-dirt. Score 22-0 Marcos.
The Pinnacle offense came out slingin' on their next possession. They used a series of short out routes to move the chains. They moved 70 yards in 9 plays to finally get on the board. 22-7 Marcos. QB Evan Johnson was sharp on the drive. He completed 5 of 6 passes and had his hand in all 70 yards including an 8 yard scoring run.
Marcos added another score on their next possession that ended the half. A Veal to Barkac pass and a personal foul moved the chains 37 yards, then Veal hit Evens for a 26 yard gain and Donald Richardson for a 12 yard gain. Evens dove in from one yard out and Marcos led 29-7 at the half.
Pinnacle hurt themselves. Two penalties led to scores and the fumble for a score really hurt. But Marcos had long drives and was very efficient on offense.
What ever Coach Zupke said to his kids at halftime worked because the Pioneers came out looking like a different team. They owned the third quarter.
The defense forced a punt and marched 68 yards in 9 plays for a score. Evan Johnson had his hand in every yard on the drive. He went 5 for 5 on the drive for 63 yards and added to the other 5 yards on the ground including a short TD run. The score was now 29-14 Marcos early in the 3rd.
On the next series Pinnacle DB Eric Longman picked off Veal only to see Marcos' Arenso Scriber intercept it back and return it 60 yards. But Pinnacle picked off Veal again and got the ball back and kept momentum.
Johnson hooked up with Max Zemezonak on two passes covering 37 yards and fought off multiple Padre defenders to find Taylor Stib on a 3rd and 15 play to keep their drive alive. It was Johnson who dove in from 1 yard out to get Pinnacle back within one score. It was now 29-21 Marcos and that is how the 3rd quarter ended.
Both teams traded punts to start the 4th quarter then Pinnacle drove 79 yards on the second possession of the quarter to even the score.
Again it was Evan Johnson who led the charge. He was extremely sharp, completing 4 of 5 passes for 62 yards and had 8 yards rushing. His 20 yard TD to Zemezonak got them within two and he plunged in on the two-point conversion to even the score at 29 with 4:16 to play.
The Marcos offense decided to wake up at the right time. Three David Veal runs covered 26 yards and gave them two first downs. Then Veal found Harrison Evens in the flats and he raced untouched 51 yards for a score. Marcos took the lead back 36-29 with 1:56 to play.
Pinnacle turned the ball over after four downs and Marcos added one last score when Veal found Barkac for a 14 yard TD.
Final Marcos 43 Pinnacle 29
Pinnacle was a different team in the second half. Marcos took complete advantage of all of Pinnacle's mistakes in the first half and built a 29-7 lead.
Pinnacle mounted a great comeback behind QB Evan Johnson, he was very good tonight. His main targets were Zemezonak and Jonathan Crist, their run game was pretty much no existent though except for scrambles by Johnson.
Marcos' offense runs through Evens. He clearly was the best player on the field. He is a threat running or receiving and even moved to CB to try and stop Pinnacle when they were having success in the air.
Without a doubt it goes to Harrison Evens. He was great and had the game breaking score.
TE Jason Barkac was great with his 3 TDs.
For Pinnacle, I have to praise Johnson he was 23 of 38 for 276 and 1 passing TD, 3 rushing and a two-point conversion.