Friday, Nov. 13, 2015 | 10:43 p.m.
On fourth down the Basic Wolves needed only a yard for a first down to seal the game, so of course they called on senior quarterback Aeneas McAllister, who has carried the team all season.
And, of course, McAllister picked up the first down, with a rush around the edge, allowing Basic to run out the clock in its 20-17 win over Canyon Springs in the first round of the Division I Sunrise playoffs.
Just prior to that drive, Canyon Springs had a chance to tie the game, but the Pioneers were foiled by Basic’s anchor on defense.
Teyjean Thomas sacked Canyon Springs quarterback Tre’von Dean and stripped the ball in the process. Basic recovered the fumble and the rest was history.
In a game that many expected Basic to run away with, Dean kept the Pioneers in it until the very end.
“He was a difference maker for them,” Basic coach Jeff Cahill said. “He was tough for us to handle, running around making great plays for them.”
Dean threw a pair of touchdowns in defeat.
The Wolves got a rushing touchdown from senior running back Sean White and relied heavily on placekicker Montana Gomez, who hit two field goals in the first half.
Next up for Basic is the Silverado Skyhawks, who beat Foothill 35-21 in the first round. Basic came out on top 35-21 when the two met on Oct. 2, but Cahill knows everything is different in the playoffs.
“It’s going to be tough,” Cahill said. “They have a great defense over there and we know we do as well, so it’s going to be a hard-fought battle. I know that they are peaking right now and playing their best football, so it won’t be easy.”