In a shocking turn of events, the South stuffed the North inside their own endzone during the kickoff return, cutting the deficit to just one with 7:16 left. One play later on the punt return, however, the South coughed up the ball to give possession right back to the North.
Deep in South territory, Canyon kicker Max Myers knocked in a clutch 40-yard field goal to put the North up four, 27-23 with 5:25 remaining. Mitchell did his best to catch the South off guard, calling a short kick, but the opposition knew what to expect and signaled for a fair catch.
A penalty against the North set Jones up with great field position, and the South wasted no time to grab the lead. Derrico broke free, scoring on a 45-yard catch and run bomb from Jones, to give the South a 30-27 advantage.
The South sealed a hard-earned victory with a crucial fourth down stop, securing possession with just over one minute left.
“I give the kids all the credit in the world,” San Clemente and South head coach Jaime Ortiz said. “We were down big, but these guys came together and played like a real team in that fourth quarter.”