Minarets edged by Laton 20-15

Game decided on last play of the game

Pete ReardonNovember 7, 2012 

In a battle of Mustangs, Minarets High (1-9, 1-4) played Laton High (4-6, 2-3) last, closing out their first season as a member of the West Sequoia League with a 20-15 loss.

The game came down to the last play of regulation and continued with a last chance to pull out a win in a game Minarets dominated through three quarters.

With five seconds remaining in the game and at the Laton 20 yard line, Minarets receiver Sam Reyes, was interfered with, giving Minarets the ball at Latons 10 yard line with no time remaining. The game can not end with a defensive foul, giving Minarets one last play for the game and the season.

Junior quarterback Keenan Reardon, threaded the ball between two defenders, for what appeared for a moment, to be the winning TD, but the pass fell incomplete in the end zone to end the game -- Laton won 20-15.

Reardon was 14 for 19 for 251 yards on the night and added another 54 yards rushing..

Minarets came out inspired forcing a punt after Laton first series went three and out. The Mustangs drove the length of the field on their first possession. Facing a third and goal from the one, Laton's defense broke through the line and broke up the quarterback/running back exchange, forcing the first of Minarets four turn overs and ending a sure touchdown drive.

Laton would play spoiler again in the second quarter after Minarets had driven the field in a seven minute drive, only to fumble at Laton's 15. The first half ended 0-0.

Laton was a different team as the second half got underway, driving for a TD on their first and second possessions, giving them a 13-0 lead.

Minarets came roaring back to score on a 63-yard strike from Reardon to Reyes. The two-point conversion was good from Zack Armas making the score 13-8.

Cosmo Tracey's recovered onside kick gave the Mustangs excellent position at the Laton 48. It took Minarets just under three minutes to take the lead on a touchdown by running back Zach Armas to go up 14-13. Scott Parker added the P.A.T. and the Mustangs were in front for the first time with 1:45 to play in the contest.

With Minarets in prevent defense, Laton's QB Lalo Perez took matters into his own hands with back to back quarterback keeps resulting in first downs and bringing them to their 45 yard line.

A seam pass up the middle split the defenders for a 45-yard TD, putting Laton up 20-15.

With time running out, Minarets stormed back behind some pinpoint passes from Reardon and a clutch 25-yard catch by Reyes. As the Mustangs were facing fourth and 17, with 25 seconds on the clock, Reyes made a beautiful catch and appeared to fall out of bounds but the clock continued to run.

Minarets drove to the 10 yard line but it wasn't meant to be as the Laton Mustangs got a bit of the home clock advantage and Minarets ended the game with the finale incomplete pass.

Reyes ended the game with a season high 177 yards on eight receptions,

"I'm very proud of our effort tonight," said head coach Jay Smoljan. "It was our game to win until the final play. Our program continues to get stronger and our players got better each week during the season. I'm excited for next year."

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