Devastating. Phoenix Valley Lutheran’s two-point conversion on a fake extra point gave the third-seeded Flames a 22-21 upset win over Tempe Prep Academy in the first round of the 1A football playoffs at Salt River High School in Scottsdale on Saturday.
The second-seeded Knights (8-4) had fought back from a 14-0 halftime deficit with two third-quarter touchdowns from Ron Dejeu and survived two goal-line stands in the fourth quarter. Quarterback Mark Richardson scored on a 7-yard keeper and kicked the point after on the first overtime possession to give the Knights the lead.
Tempe Prep, which beat Valley Lutheran in overtime earlier this season, stopped the Flames (6-3) for no gain and then a 1-yard loss on their first two plays in overtime. But eventually Jacob Krause connected with Ben Fontes for an 11-yard touchdown, then took the snap as the holder on the extra point, but stood up and connected with Marc Niedzwiecki for the game-winner — the Flames’ second fake kick for a score on the night.
Tempe Prep’s offense struggled in the first half but its defense made Valley Lutheran work for its two first-half touchdowns. Krause hit Adam Smith for a score on a fake field goal, then scored on fourth-and-goal from the 1 with four seconds left in the half.
Knights coach Thomas Brittain said he took his brother’s advice at halftime.
“He told me to stick with what we do best. Stick with power running,” he said.
The Knights attempted only two passes and rushed for 156 yards in the second half after getting only 21 before halftime.
Valley Lutheran had two chances in overtime but Tempe Prep stopped the Flames on fourth-and-goal at the 1. Valley Lutheran came right back and had a first-and-goal at the 1 but Krause fumbled on a keeper and Meelad Nikpourian recovered for the Knights.