They are starting to play Queen’s “We are the Champions” on the Upland side and for good reason, as Aaron Hale picked off Blake Loncar’s desperation pass at the Highlander 14 with 17 seconds left to seal Upland’s 19-7 win and head coach Tim Salter’s 3rd CIF championship.
Upland tight end Anthony King caught a 71-yard touchdown pass from Justin Nunes, putting the Highlanders up 13-7 after a missed extra point. On 3rd-and-2, Nunes hit King on a stop pattern at the 36. King dodged a tackler and outran the remainder of the Los Osos defense for the score.
13-7 Upland, 2 minutes left in the 3rd quarter.
The Grizzlies drove to the Upland 42 using dink and dunk passes right before the half, but were eventually forced to punt. Upland kneeled it out, leaving the CIF-SS Central Division title game tied 7-7 at the half.