Brandon Anicich - Mt. Democrat
SHINGLE SPRINGS — Pulling off a gutsy two-point conversion in the final seconds, host Ponderosa edged Vista del Lago 43-42 in the Bruins’ home opener Friday.
Down by a score, Ponderosa quarterback Colby Chiverton found Josh Bist on the left side for a 30-yard touchdown with under 15 seconds remaining in the game.
From there, head coach Jason Tenner knew exactly what to call.
“There was no doubt in my mind that we were going to go for two,” Tenner said. “We had the players on the field that could make it happen — a timeout to use, and were able to set their (Vista’s) defense up exactly where we wanted, and the guys went out there and executed very well.”
Tenner’s wisdom was spot on as Chiverton hit Ryan Edelmann on a quick up-and-out route to convert and take the final lead of the night.
Chiverton threw for 239 yards and four touchdowns — hitting Bist (203 yards receiving) for three of those scores. Edelmann picked up Ponderosa’s only rushing touchdown of the night, and ran 24 yards while junior Jimmy Sanders led the team on the ground with 49 yards rushing.
Co-captain Conrad Washington was nails defensively and found a way to the scoreboard, taking back an interception 35 yards for a pick-six in the second quarter.
The Bruins ended the first quarter down 14-13 but regained control of the score in the second, leading 28-21 at halftime. The two traded blows in the second half with the visitors eventually ahead 42-35 in the fourth before Ponderosa’s epic comeback.