It wasn’t a playoff game, nor was it a game for a league title. But Friday’s nonleague game between Glendora and Etiwanda might be the best game I see all year.
Consider this: the teams combined for only five penalties and one turnover. Two quarterbacks were outstanding. Running backs were impressive. And Glendora won 36-35 on a two-point conversion with 39 seconds remaining.
Consider this: Etiwanda did not punt once in the game. In nine possessions, they scored five touchdowns. Two possessions ended with the first half or the second half. One was a missed field goal and one they turned the ball over on downs.
This is my 14th football season with the Daily Bulletin. And there are few nonleague games I have covered during those years that can match Friday’s game in terms of excitement. Two come to mind. One was a 39-38 game between Chino and Pacific 10 years ago when Pacific had Joe Weber and Chino went on to make it to the CIF-SS Division II championship game
The other game was two years ago and it’s one that probably still haunts Damien fans. Damien had taken a 29-28 lead on a touchdown and a two-point conversion with 55 seconds remaining. But St. John Bosco drove back down the field, although it appeared the Braves ran out of time. Yet officials ruled a receiver stepped out of bounds, stopping the clock and allowing for one final play. A 44-yard field goal as time expired gave St. John Bosco a 31-29 win.