Friday, Sept. 7, 2018 | 11:09 p.m.
In the final moments of Friday night’s game, Sierra Vista was clinging to a 28-20 lead over Kaimuki High School from Hawaii.
The Mountain Lions needed one more stop, but Kaimuki pulled off a hook-and-lateral trick play that went for a 40-yard touchdown with only 32 seconds remaining.
Kaimuki attempted a two-point conversion that would have tied the game, but Sierra Vista defensive end A.J. Eliu burst through the line and sacked the quarterback to give the Mountain Lions a 28-26 win.
“It’s nice to win a close game,” Sierra Vista coach John Foss said. “It’s all about learning how to win, and in the last couple games we were close but couldn’t win it. I think it was more beneficial winning a close game instead of winning easily.”
Quarterback Jordan Solomon threw for 104 yards and one touchdown and ran for another before leaving the game with an injury in the second half. Freshman signal caller Jayden Maiava stepped in and threw two more touchdowns in his first varsity action.
After two close losses to open the season, Sierra Vista finally broke into the win column tonight. The Mountain Lions now face a tough game against Desert Pines next week before they open league play.