Tesoro's Mitchel Bland intercepts a pass in Friday's game against Colony of Ontario.

Tesoro nearly squanders big lead, but wins


ONTARIO – No. 10 Tesoro made it look easy in the first half of Friday's nonleague game against Colony of Ontario, moving the ball almost effortlessly on offense and forcing three-and-outs on defense.

But a lackluster second half left Tesoro fighting off a fourth-quarter rally by the hosts.

Tesoro scored on its first three drives and led comfortably at halftime before Colony gave the visitors a scare. Colony made it a one-possession game in the final two minutes, but Tesoro held on for a 42-34 win.

“We've got to finish. It was ugly in the end,” Tesoro coach Matt Poston said. “You're always happy to win a game but you almost feel like it's a loss because of the change of momentum at the end.”

After a week of simmering on its first loss, it looked like Tesoro (3-1) was going to take its frustration out on Colony.

Tesoro led, 28-6 at halftime thanks to a pair of touchdowns by Jon Rivera and scores by Wes McQuaid and Jake Smeltzer.

A 20-yard touchdown pass from Devon Modster to Jeff Webster put Tesoro ahead, 42-12, with 9:42 left. That's when things started to unravel for Tesoro.

“I think we just got complacent,” Poston said. “I think we were just at ease with where the game was at that point and you could just see we weren't playing with the same energy … fire. Got to give them credit, they seized that and took over.”

Colony (1-3) scored three touchdowns in the final seven minutes, two of them with 2-point conversions to close to 42-34.

Tesoro recovered an attempted onside kick with 1:46 remaining and used its run game to kill the clock.

Rivera and McQuaid led Tesoro's rushing attack with 93 and 66 yards respectively. Modster completed 14 of 22 passes for 121 yards.

Michael Mackesy also scored a 1-yard rushing touchdown for Tesoro.

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