Jorge "Coco" Galvan kicked a 42-yard field goal with 45 seconds to go Friday night, lifting the Mammoth Huskies to a 10-7 victory over the Calvary Murrieta Warriors at Gault/McClure Stadium.
Galvan's dramatic field goal – long by any standard - came just two minutes, three seconds after he shanked an easier attempt, pushing the ball to the right of the north goal posts.
His winning kick was made more improbable because the error-prone Husky offense on the previous play was pushed back five yards because of a procedure penalty.
Unlike his previous attempt, in which the snap was high and he just barely got the ball off, this time the snap was sharp and true, and Galvan, a senior playing on his birthday, lined it through the goal posts.
The Mammoth defense held in the final moments, stopping the Warriors on their final drive.
When it was over, the jubilant Huskies (2-1) waved their helmets and jumped, skipped and hopped their way up the long sidewalk and into the locker room.
One person was missing, though.
Head Coach Tom Gault, who designs the defenses, left the game at kickoff so that he and his wife could get to Southern California to be with one of their daughters, who was giving birth to her first child.
That left the defense up to Coach Gary James, and he and his players came through in a big-time way.
The defense kept the Huskies in the game throughout the evening, and it was the defense that gave the Huskies their only touchdown.
With 2:43 left in the second quarter, cornerback Eli Martin picked off a pass in the flat, then outraced the Warriors' secondary to the end zone.
That put the score at 7-7 at the half. After both teams traded fumbles and penalties throughout the third and fourth quarters, the Huskies and Galvan struck, with just barely enough time left on the clock.
The loss dropped Calvary Murrieta to 0-3 for the season, and the victory set up the Huskies for next Friday's game at Bishop.
Dog Bites: The Husky junior varsity destroyed Calvary Murrieta's JV squad, 38-3. And for those wondering, Elizabeth Martinez played great.