Andre Petties-Wilson hauled in a 12-yard touchdown pass from Nicholas Plum with 2:50 left, and Mission Bay held on for a stunning 21-18 victory over top-seeded Madison in the San Diego Section Division II quarterfinals Thursday.
The winning play came on a fourth-and-11 with a steady rain falling and the clock about to strike midnight on the upset-minded Buccaneers.
“The ball was slippery,” Petties-Wilson said. “I just tried to grab it as hard as I could. It’s just the best feeling in my life. I can’t put it into words.”
The Bucs (11-1) had to sweat out a furious final drive from the defending state Division III bowl champs — a drive that ended on a missed field goal attempt with one second left — before securing a place in the semifinals with their sixth straight win.
The victory also avenged a 42-7 loss to Madison earlier in the year.
Shaheed Madyun scored on a pair of short TD runs to help the host Warhawks jump out to a 12-0 second-quarter lead.
But the Bucs’ Plum hit a wide open Lamarriel Taylor along the left sideline around midfield, and Taylor sped the rest of the way for a 75-yard touchdown.
Mission Bay then opened the third quarter with an eight-play, 61-yard drive, capped by a 29-yard TD reception by Petties-Wilson, to take a 14-12 lead.