Analy 34, Maria Carrillo 30: Tigers outlast Pumas in wild finish

By ALLIE COLOSKY
FOR THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

Analy scored in the final minute to rally for a 34-30 victory over Maria Carrillo on Friday night at Maria Carrillo High.

“It was a tight one,” Analy coach Dan Bourdon said. Fortunately for Analy, the Tigers were able to “hold it down,” Bourdon said, for their second win of the season.

In a playoff atmosphere in Maria Carrillo’s home opener, Analy got on the board first on a Tyler Graham 3-yard run.

But within 15 seconds, the score was tied when running back Alex Netherda broke a 71-yard run.

The Tigers’ Ja’Narrick James then scored on a 54-yard run, and Kieran Newell returned a Pumas fumble 45 yards for a score to give Analy a 20-7 lead at the end of the high-scoring first quarter.

“We may have underestimated them a little bit,” James said. “I’m just glad we came out with the win. Lesson learned.”

The Pumas continued to nip at the heels of the visiting Tigers as Netherda scored on a 1-yard run with seven minutes to go before halftime to tie it at 20-20.

James gave the Tigers the lead again, however, with a 15-yard run with 52 seconds remaining in the second quarter.

In the third quarter, Maria Carrillo’s Garrett Coop scored on a 21-yard run to tie it 27-27, then DJ Russell booted a 27-yard field goal in the fourth quarter to give the Pumas their first lead of the game.

Fumbles by both teams deep in Maria Carrillo territory with less than four minutes remaining had the crowd on its feet.

Analy sealed the win when junior quarterback Will Smith found Jaxon Cantu in the end zone for a 5-yard touchdown.

The Tigers improved their record to 2-0. Maria Carrillo dropped to 0-1.

“We’ve been preaching to our guys to put the Pittsburg win behind us,” Bourdon said, “so hopefully this is a wake-up call.”

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