Andre Petties-Wilson says he doesn’t get to return kicks very often because opponents try to keep the football away from him.
Christian High found out why Friday when the senior returned a kickoff 80 yards for a touchdown, igniting a 21-point explosion that carried host Mission Bay to a come-from-behind 24-21 victory in a nonleague duel of unbeaten teams.
“I rarely get the ball, but when I do I’m thinking I’ll take it all the way for a touchdown,” said Petties-Wilson, who did just that, shaking off a couple of attempted tackles just seconds after Christian (5-1) had taken a 21-3 lead.
“I could tell when I got it that (the TD) was set up.”
Buoyed by the scamper, the Bucs’ Franklin Gaylord recovered a fumbled Christian pass reception. Two plays later, Lamarriel Taylor pulled in a 33-yard TD pass from Nicholas Plum, and in a span of less than two minutes Mission Bay (5-0) closed to 21-17.
Then it was Airric Parker’s turn for Mission Bay as he returned a punt 65 yards for an apparent score, but a penalty pushed the ball back to the Christian 18. On the next play, with 8:36 to go, Petties-Wilson hauled in Plum’s pass for the winner, and the defense did the rest.
“We were looking for a spark and Andre provided it,” said Bucs coach Willie Matson. “We made some adjustments, but mainly we just calmed down.”