LOS ANGELES — One facet felt agony.
“It will be difficult to live with for the rest of our lives,” mentioned Venice coach Angelo Gasca.
The different felt nice pleasure and reduction.
“We are still the champions!” Birmingham head coach Jim Rose referred to as out to his staff in their post-game scrum.
Thursday evening’s Open Division quarter-final match between No.7 Birmingham and No.2 Venice was thrilling and unpredictable. In the second extra time, Venice scored a landing on a cross from Paul Kessler to Rashawn Jackson, making it 28-27 in the Patriots’ favor. The Gondoliers then took a day out earlier than deciding to guess on two and the win.
With play on the road, Kessler took the snap off the 2-yard line, rolled to the fitting, after which went straight into the tip zone. Before destroying the aircraft, sophomores Antrell Harris after which Eddie Plaza lined up Kessler simply in need of the purpose line and wrestled him to the bottom to safe the 28-27 win. The Birmingham sideline stormed throughout the sector. Venice’s gamers fell to the bottom.
“It’s a decision I have to live with,” Gasca mentioned.
HOW IT HAPPENED
Venice scored the primary landing of the sport to take a 7-0 lead with 2:15 left. On the 4th and ninth, Kessler hit Jackson for a 31-yard rating over the center. Before the TD, each groups struggled to maneuver the ball.
However, the Venice end result woke up Birmingham’s offensive. On the Patriots’ subsequent possession, Birmingham marched straight down the sector earlier than tying the sport up 37 seconds into the half on a 4-yard run by Peyton Waters on the Wildcat.
Venice fumbled the ball in the primary recreation of their subsequent collection, placing Birmingham deep in Gondolier territory simply earlier than half-time. With seconds remaining in the second quarter, Birmingham braced themselves for an extended discipline purpose solely to run a pretend. The play was executed completely, however the Patriots’ open receiver dropped a walk-in landing cross, making it 7-7 at halftime.
In the third quarter, after Birmingham’s ace Acosta compelled and recovered one other Venice fumble, junior kicker Jacy Oliva transformed a 34-yard kick to make the Patriots 10-7.
In the fourth quarter, Jackson made one other key play in the sport when he returned a punt from Birmingham 63 yards for a landing. He caught the punt, drifted backwards after which weaved via the Birmingham protection and up the fitting touchline to attain. The TD gave Venice the lead again, 14-10, with 8:25 left.
Right after he jumped again ahead, Venice tried an onside kick and recovered by establishing a 1-yard landing run from Robert Lamar at 4:59 left. The end result prolonged Venice’s result in 21-10. Birmingham, the two-time defending City champions and winners of 24 consecutive in opposition to City opponents, seemed to be in bother. But they by no means stopped preventing.
After Lamar’s landing, the Patriots shortly scored one other landing with 3:39 left due to a 6-yard air hyperlink between Kingston Tisdell and Waters. Waters then ran in the 2-point conversion and made the rating 21-18.
Venice obtained a primary down on his subsequent drive, however then didn’t day out the clock and punted. With 90 seconds left and no time-out, Birmingham obtained the ball again at their very own 32-yard line. After three incomplete passes, Tisdell rolled to the fitting and someway obtained 4th and tenth in a end to Acosta. That sparked a purpose drive in Birmingham that ended with Oliva scoring a 26-yard discipline purpose to ship the sport into extra time.
After Kessler threw an interception in fourth in first extra time, Birmingham returned the ball on their subsequent possession with an opportunity of victory as Ronnell Hewitt spat the football and Venice recovered.
In the second extra time, Waters scored one other short-yardage TD on the ground for Birmingham and Oliva drilled for the additional level that made all of the distinction in the sport.
SECTION OF MADNESS
Birmingham weren’t the one staff to drag off a first-round upset on Thursday evening. In an much more stunning recreation, No. 8 Eagle Rock beat No. 1 San Pedro 38-31 in extra time. In the semi-finals, Birmingham performs No. 3 Banning and Eagle Rock No. 8 performs Garfield No. 4.