Vista Murrieta fought off what must’ve felt like a zombie attack from Rancho Cucamonga during a five-overtime thriller in California’s Southern Section West Valley Division semifinal game on Friday night.
The underdog Rancho Cucamonga Cougars erased a three-score deficit in the fourth quarter, scoring 18 unanswered points — including a 32-yard field goal with no time remaining — to force overtime, and then forced four more extra sessions before finally succumbing to Vista Murrieta in the fifth OT, 62-56.
“I’ve never been in a game like that, not even close,” Rancho Cucamonga coach Nick Baiz told the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin. “Both teams are exhausted. It hurts to come up short in a game like this, but I’m proud with how our kids fought back.”
- Overtime: Both teams traded touchdowns to finish tied, 42-42.
- Double overtime: Vista Murrieta’s 36-yard field goal attempt was blocked, and Rancho Cucamonga’s game-winning drive was thwarted by a fumble on the first play from scrimmage.
- Triple overtime: Both teams traded touchdowns. Now 49-49.
- Quadruple overtime: Both teams traded TDs. Trailing 56-55, Rancho Cucamonga lined up for a 2-point conversion, only to change course when Vista Murrieta called a timeout. The extra point sent the game to a fifth OT, 56-56. “You can always second guess yourself on those,” Baiz told the paper. “Obviously now I wish I had but I would have kicked myself if we went for two and didn’t get it.”
- Quintuple overtime: Rancho Cucamonga senior quarterback Angel Matute, who finished with 430 total yards and four touchdowns, was finally stopped on a fourth-and-2. Vista Murrieta junior running back Cole Dubots (178 yards on 28 carries) then plunged into the end zone from 9 yards out on the last of four straight carries, putting an end to Rancho Cucamonga’s zombie apocalypse.