Santiago scores last-minute TD to beat Bolsa Grande


GARDEN GROVE - In a back-and-forth game consisting of several game-changing plays, it was no surprise the deciding touchdown would come in the final minute as Santiago came away with a 28-21 Garden Grove League victory over Bolsa Grande on Friday night at Garden Grove High.

With five minutes to play in the game, Santiago (3-3, 1-0) forced a punt that gave it the ball at its 20-yard line.

After two first downs, the Cavaliers were faced with a third-and-11 when the Matadors were called for a pass-interference penalty that placed the ball in at the 32-yard line.

Three plays later, running back Michael Arteaga capped off his impressive night with a 4-yard score with 35 seconds to play.

Arteaga finished the game with 169 yards and two touchdowns on 30 carries to lead a rushing attack that totaled 275 yards.

For Bolsa Grande (1-5, 0-1) senior Michael Marquez, who finished the game with 147 yards on 12 carries and two touchdowns, kept his team in the game.

His night also included a fumble recovery in the fourth quarter that put the Matadors in position to take the lead, but they were unable to capitalize. Both of Marquez’s touchdowns were long runs, one for 65 yards in the second quarter and the other for 50 in the third.

Cavaliers quarterback Andy Tang, who started in place of injured Richard Sagastume, completed two passes for 81 yards, but both completions were key. His first, a 34-yard pass, set up his own 1-yard rushing score. The other was a 47-yard touchdown pass to Jesse Echaury in the third quarter.

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