Covina’s Rally Stuns the WC
(West Covina) – Nick Hynes intercepted a pass and returned it 28 yards for a touchdown with 1:31 left in the contest to give Covina a dramatic 27-21 comeback victory over West Covina Friday night in the opener.
West Co had one last shot and drove down to the Colt 15 but Vinny Venegas picked off Bulldog quarterback George Johnson at the five to seal it.
Covina was down 21-2 at one point in the third quarter but battled back and outscored West Covina 19-0 in the final period. The Colts scored all 19 points in the last three minutes and 20 seconds of the contest.
Gevontray Ainsworth scored on a nine yard run with 2:31 left in the third to cut the lead to 21-8. Billy Livingston hit Venegas on a five yard scoring pass with 3:20 remaining in the fourth and it was 21-15. West Covina was still in control but then disaster struck for the Bulldogs. Randy Robledo recovered an onside kick at the 50 to put Covina back in business.
Four plays later, Livingston fired a strike to Peter de la Cruz in the back of the end zone to tie it at 21 with 1:46 left. All that was left was a Robledo extra point for a 22-21 lead. Instead Covina Coach Darryl Thomas went for two. West Covina was not fooled as the ball was snapped to the holder who thought about throwing it. But the Bulldogs swarmed him and snuffed it out leaving the game tied at 21.
“You would have to bring that up,” Thomas said after the game. “Well we had missed an extra point earlier and I thought maybe we could get two there. But it turned out to be a bad call. It was my call.”
Hynes then bailed out his coach with the interception and the Colts held on to win it.
Livingston threw for 151 yards and two touchdowns. Johnson threw three interceptions for West Covina but rushed for 94 yards including a 57 yard TD romp that put the WC up 7-0 in the first.
West Covina went up 14-0 on a 17 yard touchdown pass from Johnson to Aaron Salgado. The Bulldogs had a chance to go up by three scores but fumbled the ball at the one yard line on a missed snap in the second quarter. That miscue proved to be costly later.
After a bad snap on a punt attempt turned into a safety for Covina, Charles Tucker scored on a one yard run to make it 21-2 West Covina in the third quarter. But the Colts then mounted their comeback.
“We battled hard and actually we expect to win. We believed all summer and it carried over to tonight,” Thomas said.
Ainsworth rushed for 75 yards on 18 carries and touchdown for Covina.
Next week Covina hosts Gladstone while West Covina gets Venice.
C 0 0 8 19 27
WC 7 7 7 0 21
WC 8:49 Johnson 57 yd run (Rigo Castillo Kick)
WC 11:13 Salgado 17 yd pass from Johnson (Castillo Kick)
C 9:41 Safety
WC 5:39 Tucker 1 yd run (Castillo Kick)
C 2:31 Ainsworth 9 yd run (Kick Failed)
C 3:20 Venegas 5 yd pass from Livingston (Randy Robledo Kick)
C 1:46 De la Cruz 31 yd pass from Livingston (2 pt attempt Failed)
C 1:31 Hynes 28 yd Int. Ret. (2 pt attempt Failed)