Pleasanton’s football team traveled to San Antonio on Friday night to take on the Antonian Apaches. The Eagles were unable to mount a comeback attempt in the final minute of the game as Antonian escaped with a 19-17 win.
“I’m proud of the way we played,“ Pleasanton Head Coach Stephen Liska said. “We had a lot of football players step up; we had a lot of guys go both ways.”
Antonian opened the game with the ball and appeared to be driving for a score. Pleasanton’s JJ Morales had other ideas as he intercepted the pass in the end zone at the 9:41 mark of the first quarter. The Eagles were unable to take advantage of the interception as they had to punt on the ensuing drive.
The Eagles were first on the board when Jose Angel-Perez kicked a 35- yard field goal with 1:34 left in the first quarter.
Pleasanton made it 10-0 with 3:53 left in the second quarter. The Eagles went up by double digits thanks to Sean Ramos and Diego Lopez connecting on a 27- yard touchdown pass.
The Eagles touchdown was set up by Morales’s second interception.
“JJ is a playmaker. There’s a reason he’s a team captain,” Liska said.
Antonian scored with a seven-yard touchdown pass at the 8:55 mark of the quarter.
Pleasanton had to punt from their own 11 on their next drive. The Eagles punt was downed at midfield. There the Apaches took over with 7:47 left in the third quarter. The Apaches took their first lead of the night with a 49-yard touchdown pass on third and 20. The Eagles were able to block the extra point, leaving the Apaches with a 13-10 lead and 5:49 on the clock.
The Eagles answered the Apaches with a Morales rushing touchdown on their next drive to retake the lead, 17-13, with 2:13 left in the third quarter.
Antonian scored what turned out to be the winning touchdown with six seconds left in the third quarter with a 25-yard pass. The Apaches went for two, but were unable to convert.
Pleasanton had two chances to take the lead in the fourth quarter. The first chance ended with a punt at 8:17 in the fourth. The last chance ended with 42 seconds left when Ramos threw an interception on fourth down.