Greg Bell (shown in an earlier game) scored the winning touchdown for Bonita Vista with less than two minutes to play.
CHULA VISTA Bonita Vista football coach Chris Thompson said he expected to win.
It wasn’t so much bravado as confidence after looking at video of Anaheim Canyon all week and comparing the two Division IV AA SoCal bowl finalists.
“I believe we have more talent overall,” Thompson said before kickoff, adding with caution, “but we can’t turn over the ball.”
Bonita Vista (12-2), despite wet conditions brought about by rain, sometimes driving, protected the ball well enough when it counted and showed more talent to pull out a 24-21 victory on Greg Bell’s 19-yard touchdown with 1:54 to play.
The Barons advance to the state championships next Saturday in Northern California against Hanford.
Bell finished with 279 yards but none was bigger than the late TD as Canyon was trying to protect a four-point lead.
Trevian Lanier’s interception with 32.5 seconds left clinched it.
Bell, the all-section running back, gained 143 yards on just 13 carries before the break which ended with the teams deadlocked at 14 as a last-second field goal attempt was blocked.
He set up his 4-yard TD run in the second quarter with a 57-yard scamper.
Earlier, Quentin Harrison got behind a defender to catch a 37-yard pass from Anthony Posada for a TD.
Thompson said he thought the Comanches (9-6) would come right at his club and they did just that before intermission as Charlie Treanor carried the ball a whopping 20 times for 98 yards. That was just enough to open up the passing game as the visitors scored on two short pass plays.