Corona got on the board first, using some trickery. QB Chase Cartwright rolled right and threw a backwards pass that skipped on the ground and into the hands of o-lineman Tyler Giannanotti. He rumbled in from 15 yards out and the Aztecs were up 7-0.
They kept this score until very late in the 1st half. DV was able to march down and kick a field goal with 18 seconds left on the clock to make it 7-3 at the half.
Desert Vista looked to keep things rolling in the 2nd half as a succesful conversion on a fake punt kept their opening drive alive. QB Cody Sokol hooked up with Casey Bolena and it got the Thunder to the 7 yard line. Marcus Washington pushed the ball to the 1 yard line but Corona's D came up with a big stop on 4th and 1 from the 1 to deny DV the score.
Corona punted and DV marched back to the 1 yard line. Two Sokol runs, a personal foul and completed a pass to Anders Battle to got them there. This time BJ Wilson punched the ball in and DV had the lead 10-7 early in the 4th.
CDS answered with a nice drive. RB Michael Lange had several nice runs and Cartwright connected with Kyle Benson and Brendan Tunstall for 35 yards on the drive. Lange capped the drive with a 7 yard TD run. 14-10 Corona.
On the next series, Casey Bolena came up huge for DV. He made a nice grab on 2nd and 14 to give the Thunder a first down and on the next play recovered a fumble that looked destined to go in the hands of a Corona defender. Sokol hit diminutive wide receiver Ryne Rezac for a 32 yard gain and then hit Bolena on an 8 yard TD strike that gave DV the lead for good. 17-14 with 2:55 to play.
Spencer Chase intercepted a Cartwright pass and the Thunder offense came away with three points after Alec Hsu hit from 21 yards out.
With 58 seconds left on the clock. Corona got the ball on the 42 yard line after a squib kick and managed one first down but never got further than the 45 yard line. The DV d-line pressure Cartwright on 4th down for the turnover on downs and Desert Vista kneeled on the ball and celebrated a 20-14 hard fought victory over previously unbeaten Corona del Sol.
This is the kind of game you would expect from two region rivals both ranked in the top 10 in the state.
I will give this one to Desert Vista wide receiver Casey Bolena. He made several big catches throughout the night but none were bigger than his catch in the 4th quarter to give the Thunder their 17-14 lead.