Birmingham survives Venice in double OT

“We’re still the champs.”

Lake Balboa Birmingham coach Jim Rose supplied that quip moments after his workforce by some means, a way pulled out a 28-27 double-overtime victory over Venice in an exhilarating opening sport of the Metropolis Part Open Division playoffs on Thursday evening at Venice.

After Rashawn Jackson caught an eight-yard landing go within the second additional time, Venice referred to as a timeout to resolve whether or not to go for 2 and the win. The Gondoliers despatched out the offense, however Birmingham’s protection tackled quarterback Paul Kessler to finish the sport.

“That was a great game,” Rose mentioned. “There’s a lot of parity in the City Section, but I’m ecstatic about our guys to get to the semifinals with as young a team as we have.”

No. 7-seeded Birmingham (7-4), which can play Banning within the semifinals, got here in having not misplaced to a Metropolis Part workforce since 2017, a 31-game win streak, and consecutive Open Division championships. No. 2-seeded Venice (9-3) appeared on its strategy to victory after an electrifying 63-yard punt return by Jackson gave the Gondoliers a 14-10 lead within the fourth quarter.

Then got here a one-yard landing run by Robert Lamar for a 21-10 lead.

Birmingham was alleged to be beatable this season with out Arlis Boardingham (off to Florida), however nonetheless round is proficient junior Peyton Waters, who ran for 2 touchdowns, caught a landing, made an interception and was distinctive at cornerback.

“Both teams played really hard,” Waters mentioned.

Quarterback Kingston Tisdale guided the Patriots into the top zone with 3:39 left, ending with a six-yard landing go to Waters. Then Waters ran within the two-point conversion, making it 21-18.

Kicker Jacy Oliva tied the rating with a 26-yard subject purpose with 9.6 seconds left.

Each groups dedicated turnovers within the first additional time, then Birmingham went forward with a Waters four-yard landing run.

Venice completed with 5 turnovers.

“We’re going to fight the very end,” Waters mentioned.

The primary half resulted in a 7-7 tie. It was solely a query whether or not Rose or Angelo Gasca of Venice might work out the best way to get the ball to one of the best athletes. Once they did, good issues occurred.

Jackson had a 31-yard landing catch from Kessler on fourth down within the second quarter to present to Gondoliers a 7-0 lead. Watson tied the rating late within the second quarter with a four-yard landing out of the wildcat formation.

Jackson and Waters, one of the best athletes on their respective groups and All-Metropolis gamers, have been doing their greatest attempting to affect the sport. Jackson twice picked up first downs operating the ball on pretend punts (one was worn out by a penalty). Waters had a first-quarter interception and saved a landing by deflecting the ball away from Jackson in a one-on-one duel.

3 times Birmingham went for it on fourth down and was stopped by Venice within the first half. Kessler was sacked twice by David Vegas and Bo Tonga and struggled with out the assistance of a speeding menace.

High-seeded San Pedro misplaced to Eagle Rock 38-31 in additional time.