REDONDO >> After failing to complete a two-point conversion in the final seconds of the game, Redondo suffered a heart-breaking 24-23 loss to San Juan Hills in the first round of the Southern Section Division 4 playoffs.
The Sea Hawks trailed 24-17 with three minutes left in the fourth quarter and methodically marched down the field deep into Stallion territory. Running back Demarcus Johnson eventually found a hole and scored on a two-yard touchdown run with 46 seconds left.
There was obvious discussion of what Redondo should do next: tie it with a point-after kick or go for the win on a two-point attempt. After using a timeout, they decided to go for the win.
Quarterback Jack Alexander threw a pass to receiver Shaun Gold that was deflected and prevented Gold from securing the ball in the back of the end zone.
Sea Hawks coach Matt Ballard believed it was the right call at the right time.
“Sometimes it’s a quarter flip on whether that’s a good call or not,” Ballard said. “Obviously, in hindsight it wasn’t because it didn’t work, but you go into overtime, how many times would you take the ball at the two?”
Redondo quarterback Jack Alexander threw for 136 yards and had 47 rushing yards with two rushing touchdowns.
Ballard heaped praise on his quarterback who battled all night long.
“Beyond the athletic ability, I mean obviously he’s got all the tools,” Ballard said. “When there was nothing there, he could just turn and make it into [something]. He’s a smart kid and has a high football IQ. He’s the coach on the field, that’s a huge advantage.”
It was a well-played game as both teams were executing on both sides of the football with efficiency and poise, while making big plays in the second half.
Redondo had a 17-14 lead going into the fourth quarter but San Juan Hills kicker Porter Watson tied the game on a 35-yard field goal. The Stallions defense then came up with a stop and took the lead on their next possession.