Banning holds on late to knock off rival San Pedro

San Pedro players head to the sideline after warming up for their game against Banning.
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Fans who came to Friday night’s rivalry matchup involving Banning-San Pedro were treated to a thriller unlike any other.

With a mere 11 seconds left and down a point, San Pedro opted for a short field-goal try to win the game, but Banning blocked it and returned it for a touchdown as time expired to seal a 48-41 win.

“Any chance we get to get together, you’ve got to expect something like this,” Banning coach Raymond Grajeda said.


Neither team carried a lead of more than a touchdown at any point.

San Pedro coach Corey Miller said stopping Banning star running back Jakob Galloway would be the key for the Pirates. They didn’t quite pull that off as Galloway broke away for two big touchdown runs, but quarterback Aidan Jackson matched him with a pair of sneaks into the end zone.

At the beginning of the fourth quarter, San Pedro held a 35-34 lead, but Banning marched down the field in a touchdown drive that took half the quarter.

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Senior Seth Fao then converted a leaping shovel pass for a two-point conversion to put Banning up.


San Pedro scored another touchdown, but Banning batted away a two-point attempt.

A fumble by the Pilots with about a minute left gave Jackson another chance, and he marched his team into field-goal range, but then came the block of Robert Sarcedo’s attempt.