Green Valley senior kicker Conor Perkins first put his team on the board with a field goal in the first quarter. Nearly 40 minutes on the clock passed before the UNLV commitment kicked another field goal.
But the second one, a 37-yarder, came as time expired to cap a 21-point second half comeback and give the Gators a dramatic 39-38 victory over Las Vegas in a Northeast League game on Friday night.
“He is definitely invaluable to what we do out here on the football field and to the success of our football team,” Green Valley head coach Brian Castro said.
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“It’s a huge win for us, for the school and for the program,” Perkins said.
Perkins also caught a touchdown pass late in the fourth quarter, the fifth fired by senior quarterback Christian Lopez. After a failed two-point conversion, Green Valley trailed 38-36 with 2:15 remaining in the game.
After a successful onside kick and defensive stands by both teams, Green Valley had the football at the Vegas 33-yard line with 11 seconds on the clock and no timeouts. Lopez completed a pass to senior wide receiver Markus Varner, who couldn’t make it to the sideline. Two seconds were showing on the clock. After the spot, Lopez spiked the football. The clock read zero, but officials added one second, allowing Perkins to drill the game-winner.
The Gators trailed 31-10 with 8:39 remaining in the quarter thanks to three touchdowns (two rushing, one receiving) from LVHS senior running back Andrew Moreland and a touchdown run from junior Elias Miller.
Down by 21, Green Valley went mainly to the aerial attack. Lopez connected with senior wideout Gio Hernandez, then with Varner near the end of the third to cut the lead down to 31-24 going into the fourth.
After a 71-yard touchdown conversion from Vegas junior quarterback Trevor Swenson to senior wide receiver Aaron Zanin-Banks early in the fourth, the Gators answered right back with a Lopez bomb that found Varner streaking into the end zone. After missed PAT, Green Valley trailed 38-30 with 5:45 remaining.
With the win, Green Valley improves to 4-2. The Gators will travel to Rancho next Friday. Las Vegas falls to 3-3. The Wildcats will host Silverado.
STORY AND VIDEO BY BARRY WONG