For a time Saturday night, it appeared as if the Buena High football team was going to let a sure victory slip from its grasp.
But the Bulldogs prevailed, by George.
With senior tailback George Keiaho leading the way, Buena pulled away in the final 12 minutes to defeat Agoura, 28-14, in a nonleague game at Ventura High.
Keiaho, a two-time Times All-Ventura County pick who scored 22 touchdowns last season, rushed for 290 yards in 31 carries and scored on runs of one, one, 31 and 76 yards. He had a fifth touchdown called back because of a holding penalty.
Agoura (1-1) tied the score, 14-14, on Tommy Kim’s 11-yard touchdown run midway through the third period, but Keiaho, carrying six consecutive times, scored on a one-yard run late in the quarter to put Buena (1-1) ahead for good.
Keiaho added a 76-yard scoring dash with 3 minutes 44 seconds to play, outracing Agoura’s Richard Guevara the final 40 yards.
Agoura was led by Kim, who rushed for 95 yards in 23 carries. Agoura’s Raymond Howden completed 10 of 20 passes for 127 yards with one interception.
Buena dominated the first half, but led only 14-7 at intermission largely because it was penalized nine times for 96 yards.
Keiaho rushed for 147 yards and two touchdowns in the first half, scoring on runs of one and 31 yards. Buena amassed 255 first-half yards to 103 for Agoura, and the Bulldogs ran more than twice as many offensive plays as the Chargers.
Agoura cut Buena’s lead to 14-7 midway through the second period on Howden’s one-yard sneak and Cameron Knox’s conversion kick.