Vista Five big plays, despite running only 38 plays from scrimmage, was enough for Steele Canyon High to snap its two-game losing streak.
Senior running back Markell Lindley scored three touchdowns, and he had two of those big plays to help the Cougars to a surprising 27-23 nonleague football win at Rancho Buena Vista on Friday night.
“I’m not sure how we did that,” Cougars coach Scott Longerbone said. “The whole night was crazy.”
Lindley, who carried 16 times for 181 yards, including 168 yards on eight carries in the second half, gave the Cougars (2-2) a 14-7 lead with an 87-yard TD run in the third quarter.
His 64-yard run in the fourth quarter set up his 2-yard TD run for a 20-14 lead that the Longhorns (3-1) wiped out with a seven-play, 58-yard drive for a 21-20 lead on Chad Woolsey’s 1-yard TD run with 3:16 to go.
A 78-yard kickoff return by Lawrence Dickens set up Lindley’s final TD on a 1-yard run for a 27-21 lead with 2:04 to go.
“Our defense gave us a chance on a night when the offense almost waited too long,” Lindley said. “We keep hitting it over and over again and finally we break one.”
Woolsey returned a punt 80 yards for a first-quarter touchdown as RBV’s defense took over the rest of the first half, giving up 40 yards and one first down on just 19 plays.