They couldn't cut the City Trophy in half, so crosstown rivals Rancho Buena Vista and Vista had to go overtime Friday night before a near full house at Vista's Dick Haines Stadium.
In the first extra session, RBV did what it had done all night — give the ball to Dorian Richardson. And the junior running back didn't disappoint, running 13 yards for the tying score. Arturo Arreguin's PAT was true and the Longhorns edged Vista 23-22.
Vista had the ball first in OT, scoring on its first play, a 25-yard run by Dominique Hall. But the PAT was wide left, leaving the door open for RBV, which snapped a three-game losing streak to their city rival.
The Longhorns are now 2-1. Vista falls to 1-2.
"What a lift for our team," Richardson said. "I knew I'd get the ball a lot tonight, but I'm lifted up by our team. This team is so supportive. I had to give my best effort every time I touched the ball.”
Richardson finished the game with 36 carries for 222 yards, most of the yards coming behind guard William Osterhout.
“That wasn't the design coming in," said RBV coach Joe Meyer. "But it was working, and we tried to take advantage of it.
“We've played three really good teams, so to be 2-1 at this point is a huge boost.”
Twice in the first half, RBV failed to convert on fourth down, turning the ball over to Vista. But the Panthers could only convert one into a score and led 16-7 at the half after leading 16-0.
RBV drew even on a 25-yard field goal by Arregiun and a 5-yard, fourth quarter run by Richardson.The PAT attempt failed when the snap was bad.
After a bad snap on a punt — the second of the game for RBV — Vista took possession at the RBV 48 and drove to the 28. But a 37-yard field goal attempt sailed wide left with 1:02 to play, setting up the overtime.
“This means a lot," said Richardson. “Beating Vista has been a long time coming."We all wanted this real bad."