Mission Viejo Clips Don Bosco Prep 28-25 in Overtime

Diablos Win in Overtime

The highly anticipated matchup between the host Mission Viejo Diablos and the visiting Don Bosco Prep Ironmen from New Jersey lived up to the hype with the Diablos pulling out a thrilling 28-25 victory in overtime on an 11-yard touchdown run by Alex Suchesk.

Leading 3-0, Mission Viejo quarterback Ian Fieber connected with Boise State commit Sean Modster on a 14-yard touchdown strike to put the Diablos up 10-0. The defense was led by the stellar play of senior Michael Matthews. Viejo added a field goal and led 13-0 at halftime.

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Don Bosco Prep turned things around in the third quarter, relying on a heavy dose of running back Elijah Ibitokun-Hanks. A quick slant from Ironmen quarterback Frank Nutile to Alex Kaplanovich moved the ball into Diablos territory. Hanks capped off the drive with a 5-yard touchdown run to cut the deficit to 13-7.

Trailing 13-7 in the fourth quarter, Ironmen junior safety Daivon Ellison delivered a big hit on Suchesk, forcing a fumble that was scooped up by sophomore linebacker Mike Gutjahr and returned for a touchdown to give Don Bosco Prep their first lead of the game at 14-13.

The Diablos responded with a scoring drive capped by a short touchdown run by Suchesk. The conversion failed leaving Mission Viejo up 19-14 with six minutes to play.

Nutile led the Ironmen down the field with some accurate passes and Hanks punched in the go-ahead touchdown. The Ironmen added the two-point try to lead 22-19 with about a minute left.

With the game on the line, San Jose State commit Ian Fieber marched his team into field goal range with some clutch throws. A 32-yard field goal by senior kicker Zach Olson sent the game into overtime.

After the Diablos held the Ironmen to a field goal on their overtime possession, the stage was set for a dramatic finish.

Facing fourth down, the Diablos sent out the field goal unit hoping to force double overtime. A bad snap forced the holder, backup quarterback Hunter Bland to make a play. Incredibly, Bland found a receiver for a first down catch.

Two plays later, Suchesk took a toss left and raced up the left sideline for the game-winning touchdown sending the stadium into pandemonium.