It was homecoming for the Hughson Huskies Friday night and the fans were loud. But the Summerville Bears paid the extra pre-game noise no mind.
Instead, they ran through non-contact drills near the 40-yard line, maintaining their focus. That focus would remain throughout the game as the Bears defeated the Huskies 28-20 in a game decided in the final seconds.
Summerville won the toss and deferred to the second half and the Huskies started the night at the 35 yard line.
The Bears recovered a fumble on the second play of the game at their 22 yard line to begin their night offensively.
With 9:14 to go in the first, junior QB Mike Litzler threw an interception, setting up the Huskies at the Bears’ 18 yard line. Five plays later, the Huskies were on the board. The point after attempt was no good. The score was 6-0 with 7:39 left in the first quarter.
Running back Nicholas Veach broke through the Husky defense and put the Bears at midfield on the first set of downs. Senior running back Dominic Esquivel picked up another first down before a Husky defender was whistled for pass interference against Luke Fulkerson.
The Bears took advantage of the Husky missteps and Esquivel scored on the following play.
The point after attempt was good, giving the Bears their first lead of the night, making the score 7-6 with 3:32 left in the first.
Luke Fulkerson made an airborne interception, but it was called pass interference and the Huskies moved to midfield with the penalty.
The Bears had a hard time containing the speed of Hughson junior running back Carlos Arreola on the drive, but an interception by Fulkerson put the ball back in the Bears’ hands as the first quarter ended.
A well-thrown pass from Litzler to Mccormic Banks and the speedy Esquivel helped move the Bears to the 22 yard line with 10:05 left in the second. A dropped pass set up a 4th and 8 for Summerville. The pass into the endzone was long and the Huskies took over on downs.
The Bears defense forced a Huskies punt with 7:24 left in the second.
On a pass intended for Fulkerson, the Huskies intercepted, then dropped the ball and the Bears recovered with a gain of four on the original play.
On fourth and seven, Litzler tossed the ball to Fulkerson in the backfield, who threw a touchdown pass to a wide open receiver. The point after attempt was good and the Bears took a 14-6 lead. There was some controversy as the second half wound down and officials allowed the clock to wind down during an offsides call.
It took Esquivel 12 seconds to score for the Bears in the third quarter. He sped down the field on kickoff, dodging the Huskies ‘defenders as he raced up the left side of the field. The point after attempt was good and the Bears took a 21-6 lead with 11:46 left in the quarter.
The Huskies were penalized for sideline interference with 10:50 to play, backing them up into their own territory.
On a fourth and nine the Bears’ Fulkerson again intercepted the ball, and Summerville took over on the Huskies’ 30 yard line with 2:49 left in the third.
An errant snap gave the Huskies a scoring opportunity on their own four yard line as the fourth quarter began. And Arreola scored on the first play. The 2-point conversion attempt was no good. With 11:43 left to play, the Bears led 21-12.
The Huskies blocked the punt and took over near midfield.
On the next series, Summerville gave away yards on a penalty and the Huskies were threatening with 6:13 to play in the game.
The Huskies scored just 10 seconds later. The two-point conversion moved the score to 20-21.
A Bears penalty pushed them back 10 yards, setting up a first and 20.
Fulkerson got the call and pounded the ball up the middle to the original line of scrimmage on third down.
Litzler found Fulkerson for a big gainer up the right and Fulkerson tiptoed his way to the Huskies’ 35 yard line with 3:23 left to play.
Another first down from Esquivel moved the Bears 16 yards upfield. On the next play, he dragged four defenders with him to the nine yard line.
The Bears added another touchdown on the first play out of a time out. The point after was good and the Bears stretched their lead to 28-20 with 1:29 left to play.
A wide open Huskies receiver moved the ball up to the 25 yard line with 35 seconds left.
The Huskies turned it over on downs and the Bears took a knee as the clock expired.
Summerville is now 4-0 on the season.
Summerville has a bye next week. They’re back in action Sept. 29 at Linden High School.