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University edges Calvary Chapel in final seconds
IRVINE – University and Calvary Chapel managed just two touchdowns through three quarters in a nonleague game Friday night at University.
But both teams got untracked in a wild fourth quarter, which included six touchdowns.
University had the final one, a 57-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Neil Boudreau to Andre Campbell with 18 seconds left that lifted the Trojans to a 28-27 victory. Nick Loveland kicked the game-winning extra point.
University improved to 3-0, while Calvary Chapel fell to 2-2.
“We could have been ahead of these guys a lot sooner but we kept battling,” Boudreau said. “Coach just trusted me to throw it deep. He said we don’t have to get it all in one play, but the safety came up so I just winged it to my boy Andre and he made a great catch. Our defense played great too.”
Boudreau had 128 yards passing while running back Sam Winder rushed for 201 yards and scored two touchdowns.
Calvary Chapel put on quite an offensive display of its own in the final three minutes.
After University took a 21-14 lead on Matt Abellaneda’s 3-yard TD run with 5:41 left, the Eagles responded with consecutive touchdowns.
First quarterback Patrick Glasgow connected with Josh Debernarde on a 73-yard TD pass on a fourth-and-five play to tie the score, 21-21, with 3:10 left.
Calvary Chapel held University on its next possession and got the ball back.
The Eagles moved ahead, 27-21, on Glasgow’s 64-yard touchdown pass to Luke Thompson with 36 seconds remaining. University blocked the point after. Then, University sealed the win with the winner.
“I was a little bit tired coming off of defense,” Campbell said. “They told me I got the post and Neil was going to throw it out to me, and I just made a play on the ball.”
University won despite being flagged for 185 yards in penalties.
“There were too many mistakes,” said University coach Mark Cunningham. “We had played pretty well and not had many mistakes. I’m really proud of the kids for not giving up and doing the best they could but it was just not a Uni game.”
Calvary Chapel got a strong performance from Braeden Stack, who rushed for 127 yards and two TDs.
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