Gilbert Williams Field saw its dream season go down in flames Friday night. In the first playoff game in school history, the Black Hawks dropped a heartbreaking overtime thriller 35-34 to visiting Tucson Amphitheater in a 4A Division II contest.
Gilbert Williams Field saw its dream season go down in flames Friday night.
In the first playoff game in school history, the Black Hawks dropped a heartbreaking overtime thriller 35-34 to visiting Tucson Amphitheater in a 4A Division II contest.
After coming from behind to tie the score in the fourth quarter and force overtime, Williams Field scored on its first play of the extra period when fullback Josh Montoya burst through the line for a 10-yard run through the heart of the Amphitheater defense. Christian Garcia’s extra-point attempt was then blocked.
Amphitheater knew a touchdown and extra point would win the game — and that’s exactly what happened. Quarterback Gaven DeFilippo scored on a draw play from the 4-yard line on third down, tying the score at 34. After a Williams Field timeout, Amphitheater kicker Zach Roth put the extra point through the uprights, sending his team into the second round of the playoffs against Tucson Santa Rita.
It also ended the season for Williams Field (9-2), which won its first nine games.
“We just didn’t take advantage of opportunities when we had them,” Williams Field coach Steve Campbell said. “The extra point (block) was an example of not taking care of the little things.
Williams Field spent most of the night trailing Amphitheater, which scored on its first two possessions with its patented option rushing attack. Clarence Williams and Gustavo Gastelum helped the Panthers build a 14-0 first-quarter lead with touchdowns runs.
Williams Field got back in the game in the second quarter with two big plays.
The first came from the defense, which stopped Amphitheater on a fourth-and-goal at the Williams Field 1-yard line. Three plays later, Black Hawks tailback Brandon Warren broke through the Amphitheater defense for a 79-yard touchdown.
Amphitheater was still in control until midway through the fourth quarter, when Williams Field erased a 28-14 deficit with touchdown runs of 28 and 19 yards from Nick Gaylord. The latter tied the score at 28 with just under six minutes left and provided the final score in regulation.
“It’s certainly a tough way to lose a playoff game,” Campbell said of the blocked extra point in overtime. “But (Amphi) deserves credit because they came out fighting, and I’m proud of our kids for coming back and performing in the fourth quarter.”