MOURNING WINS ON LAST PLAY OF THE GAME

Mourning kicked a 33-yard field goal on the final play of the game to give the host Sharks a 17-16 victory over Southwest Friday afternoon. The Eagles (0-8) drew first blood marching 80 yards down the field after the opening kickoff with Tyler Sandino throwing 11 yards to Christian Melguizo for the score. The extra point attempt was blocked. Southwest executed a successful onside kick on the ensuing kickoff recovering on the Mourning 31-yard line. A Sandino 17-yard run highlighted a drive that gave the Eagles a second and goal from the one. Then, twenty yards in penalties followed by a loss of 18 on a bad snap forced Southwest to punt. By the time the Sharks ran their first offensive play of the game, there were less than two minutes left in the first quarter. Neither team scored in the second quarter. Mourning got the second half kickoff and, on its third play from scrimmage, scored on an 84-yard run to tie the game at 6-6. The Eagles went 3-and-out and the Sharks (3-5) needed only four plays to score the go-ahead touchdown. A two-point conversion made it 14-6. A 41-yard kickoff return by Melguizo gave Southwest great field position and they drove to the Mourning 25 before turning it over on downs on the second play of the fourth quarter. Three plays later, the Sharks fumbled and Luke Diaz scooped it up and ran 20 yards for the score. Sandino threw to Aiden Rodriguez for the 2-point conversion, tying the game at 14-14 with nine minutes left. On the next possession, Mourning went for it on 4th-and-one from their own 29 but the Eagles defense stiffened and forced a turnover on downs. Three plays later, Southwest fumbled the ball away on first-and-goal from the nine. Aiden Rodriguez then sacked the quarterback for a 4-yard loss and, on the next play, tacked him in the end zone for a safety putting the Eagles up, 16-14. Mourning had to kick it back to Southwest but, three plays later the Eagles lost another fumble. The Sharks got it back on their own 41 with less than two minutes remaining. On the next play, they completed their only pass of the game, good for 32-yards and, after four short runs, kicked a 33-yard field goal as time expired to win it.

 

Luke Diaz scored on a 20-yard fumble return