Banning’s late touchdown pass enough against Rubidoux in Mountain Valley League play
By Obrey Brown
BANNING — Cory Brown caught Eric Ellison’s 12-yard pass in the end zone, 12 seconds left, capping a wild fourth quarter shootout in Banning’s 35-33 win over visiting Rubidoux on Friday night.
That play, Ellison said, “was everyone run and hope for the best.”
Ellison’s game-winning pass, he said, was hard. “I wanted to run it so bad. I was waiting for (Brown) to get open.”
Rubidoux had taken the lead when Giovanni Peralta caught a Ruben Hernandez pass, scoring from 42 yards out with two minutes left in the game. It had been set up by fullback Marcos Rosales’ 27-yard run one snap earlier – Rosales’ only carry of the night.
Peralta was out of bounds, said Ellison. “I pushed him out, but the (sideline) ref missed it,” he said.
Banning, trailing 33-29 after that score, had two minutes left.
In the game-winning drive, the Broncos had to overcome a 3rd-and-27 after back-to-back penalties moved them back to Rubidoux’s 44.
Ellison, who opened that drive with a 38-yard run, found D’Anthony Galloway for 20 yards on that 3rd down play. On 4th-and-7, Ellison sprung for 12 yards to Rubidoux’s 12 – his final carry on a 229-yard rushing performance.
One snap later, he waited patiently for any receiver to spring open in the end zone. When Brown slid into the clear, Ellison connected on his fifth completion (83 yards) – the game-winner.