When Rancho Buena Vista High gets in trouble late in football games, you can expect the Longhorns to revert to their past.
Trailing by a point heading into the fourth quarter, the Longhorns stayed on the ground and made host Del Norte pay the price.
A 10-play, 67-yard drive resulted in quarterback Dylan Harris’ 6-yard touchdown run to retake the lead for good en route to a 28-21 nonleague victory Friday night in the season opener for both teams.
For good measure, Harris also ran in the two-point conversion for the final margin.
Rancho Buena Vista ran for 122 yards in the first half and another 167 after halftime to stave off the upset-minded Nighthawks, who took a 21-20 lead on Parker Lappin’s 17-yard TD strike to Christian Hill with 4:43 left in the third quarter.
It stayed that way until RBV’s final scoring drive, which included all 10 plays on the ground.
“Once we got the ball back there, coach asked if we were ready to step up,” said Harris, who passed for 126 yards, ran for 76 yards and caught two passes for 20 yards. “I’m not like most quarterbacks. I actually like running the ball.
“This is kind of new for us, winning the opener. This is a great, great start to the season after a 6-6 record last year.
“Now we’re ready to make some noise.”