California School for the Deaf drove 61 yards in just six plays to score with just over two minutes left in the game to defeat St. Vincent, 28-21, in a key North Central League II/Bay Football League game Friday night,
The game, played in Fremont, matched the two defending co-league champions. The loss was just the second of the season for the Mustangs, who have won three, but left them with a 1-1 league mark as everyone chases unbeaten Calistoga. CSD is now also 3-2 for the season, but improved to 2-1 in league play.
The teams played scoreless through the first quarter, before CSD's Eagles seemingly took charge with three touchdowns for a 20-7 halftime lead. The Eagle scores all came from quarterback Zane Pedersen, who passed 17 and six yards to Connor Baer for touchdowns and counted one of his own on a 19-yard run.
St. Vincent's only first half touchdown came in spectacular fashion when Derek Murphy returned a CSD kickoff 94 yards to the house.
The second half was a tale of a different football game. St. Vincent scored in the third quarter on an 18-yard pass from Jack Richardson to Austin Salizzoni and then put together an impressive drive in the fourth quarter, marching 86 yards in 11 plays to score on a one-yard run by Murphy.
Richardson kicked all three PATs for the Mustangs, Since Will Tarrant blocked a CSD PAT attempt at the end of the first half, St. Vincent was clinging to a 21-20 lead with just four minutes to play.
It was enough time for CSD to put together its game-winning drive with Pedersen not only running in the winning touchdown, but also throwing to Tristan Boren for a two-point conversion.
The St. Vincent offense was pretty much Richardson and Murphy with each rushing for 76 yards and Richardson completing six of 18 passes for 76 yards. Two of his connections went to Salizzoni for a combined 50 yards.
St. Vincent now gets an unwanted week off because Saturday's scheduled homecoming opponent, Livermore Valley Prep, cancelled out of the game.