Archbishop Mitty quarterback Wills Towers (1) pumps his fist after beating Saint Francis in the overtime during the semifinals of the Central Coast Section Division I playoffs at Saint Francis High School Friday, Nov. 18, 2022, in Mountain View, Calif. (Photo by Jim Gensheimer)

MOUNTAIN VIEW — Mitty head coach Danny Sullivan was all the way out by the hashmarks, trying to call timeout before St. Francis attempted its potential game-tying point after kick in overtime of the Central Coast Section Division I semifinal.

But he got the timeout he wanted — and he couldn’t be happier about it.

Sullivan adjusted the kick defense and subbed in senior Steven Amaya to Mitty’s left side. When St. Francis bobbled the snap, Amaya stopped himself from diving and made the tackle that sealed an incredible 42-41 come-from-behind win for Mitty on a chilly Friday night in Mountain View.

“We felt they would go double wing to [senior Danny Scudero]’s side, so we put Steven in the game to rush off that edge,” Sullivan said. “I don’t know if he would have blocked it anyways, but he was in position to make a play.”

Kingston Keanaaina runs it in for 10 yards on SF’s first play. But after a Mitty TO, the snap is botched and the PAT is no good.
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Amaya said he was upset that he wasn’t originally in on the play, but knew why he was getting put back in. All that mattered to him was timing up the snap count — and making a last-second mental audible.

“I was about a half-step away from diving,” Amaya said. “When I saw the bobble, I just wrapped them up, made sure he couldn’t get rid of it and took him to the ground with me.”

Once Amaya did that, it was jubilation for the Monarchs (9-3), who are heading to their first section title game since 2016. Not bad for a group of seniors that had won one game of varsity football entering this year.

“It feels unreal, to be honest,” said senior Charlie Butler, who caught two touchdown passes. “It’s so special. I couldn’t let this be my last week of football. I don’t think any of our seniors could, either.”

Archbishop Mitty quarterback Wills Towers (1) pumps his fist after beating Saint Francis in the overtime during the semifinals of the Central Coast Section Division I playoffs at Saint Francis High School Friday, Nov. 18, 2022, in Mountain View, Calif. (Photo by Jim Gensheimer) 

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Source:: The Mercury News

      

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