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Super Sanchez: No. 1 O’Connor runs table, wins 28-6A in overtime

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With its playoff fate already decided, Roel Sanchez capped off his regular season high school football career with one of his best efforts as top-ranked O’Connorcame from behind to pull out a 44-41 overtime victory over Brennan at Gustafson Stadium on Thursday night.

In overtime, Michael Lyssy made up for two missed extra points by blasting a 26-yard field goal through the uprights to give O’Connor its first unbeaten season in school history dating back to 1998 and the District 28-6A Championship.

Brennan was turned away on its first overtime possession as All-City wide receiver candidate Jalen Hughes played defense in the victory and knocked away a fourth down pass.


It was the play of Sanchez that gave Lyssy an opportunity in overtime in the first place. Sanchez and Trey Patterson rolled up impressive rushing numbers in the victory as O’Connor rushed for 367 yards in a game that featured more than 1,000 yards of total offense.

Trailing 35-20 after Brennan’s Amani Arvelo reached the end zone for the third touchdown time, Sanchez hit Greyson Lee on a 16-yard scoring strike with 6:52 remaining in the third quarter. Sanchez would add touchdown runs of 1 and 32 yards in the fourth quarter, the latter giving the Panthers a 41-35 lead with 5:45 remaining.

Give the Bears credit for coming back after giving up 21 unanswered points. Emerging at the right time this season, Brennan’s Alexander Wise had the best game of his career. Wise, who has an offer from Air Force, hooked up with Jordan Martinez on a 50-yard gain into the red zone. Wise would make an athletic catch in the end zone for an 8-yard touchdown pass, which tied the score at 41. The point after was missed, sending the game into an extra session.

Martinez would finish 16 of 24 through the air for 330 yards and three scores, two of them ending up in Wise’s hands. Wise would finish with eight catches for 180 yards, while Arvelo came out of nowhere to rush for 112 yards with Jahmyl Jeter shelved due to injury.

Sanchez finished with 256 rushing yards and three touchdowns while picking up another 203 yards and a pair of scores in the passing game. Patterson rushed for 101 yards and a touchdown, while Lee and Sam Castillo both connected with Sanchez for touchdowns. For the season, Sanchez has accounted for over 2,500 yards and 37 touchdowns.

The No. 1 Panthers will take its unblemished regular season mark to the 6A-Division I playoffs to face No. 3 Schertz Clemens, who fell in the Battle of 3009 to rival Cibolo Steele 14-13 on Thursday night. Brennan, who has a very misleading 6-4 regular season record, will take on Steele on Friday in the 6A-Division II playoffs.

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