Phoenix Carl Hayden scored 19 unanswered points, defeating Phoenix Central 33-14 in a Division I game and ending the season on a two-game winning streak.
It took until the fourth quarter, but Carl Hayden, which trailed for the first time in the fourth quarter, brought the offensive onslaught.
“It certainly pumped us up,” Carl Hayden defensive lineman Alex Casillas said. “We knew these guys weren’t giving up, they wanted this game. As a defense you know it?s your job to keep them from scoring and it angers and frustrates you.”
With the game tied 14-14, Central kicker Matt Richardson hit a 24-yard field goal to take a 17-14 lead.
That is when the Carl Hayden offense, who finished the season at 5-5, took the cue from the defense and stepped up its game.
Virjilio Bencomo capped off a 10-play, 52-yard drive to retake the lead when he ran it in from the 1-yard line.
“We were working hard every play,” Bencomo said. “We have many different weapons, running, receiving and everything and it really helped us this year as an entire team.”
Central (3-7), who just came off an overtime win against win against Phoenix North, stayed in the game.
Quarterback Michael Gibson tied the game at 14-14 when he ran it in from 3 yards out after the defense recovered a botched snap on the punt with 3:27 left in the third quarter.
However, it wasn’t enough.
Carl Hayden quarterback Carlos Martinez started mixing in the running and passing and created problems for the Central defense.
“The first half was really frustrating because we didn’t come out to our full potential,” said Martinez, who finished with two passing touchdowns and also ran it in for a score. “It was tight game and I tried to pull them together heading into the locker room at halftime. We took the lead and we weren?t comfortable with just that lead and I took it down the field one more time and took control.”