It was nearly the upset of the decade in Las Vegas high school football.
Arbor View, the perennial power and reigning five-time Northwest League champion, trailed Cimarron-Memorial 20-7 with about eight minutes remaining on Friday. But the Aggies rallied to force overtime and won 26-20 on a 2-yard quarterback keeper from Kyle Holmes.
Holmes' plunge gave Arbor View its first, and only, lead of the game.
“We survived,” Aggies coach Matt Gerber said. “It just wasn’t our night. We were battling ourselves the whole game. Credit to Cimarron — they wanted it and fought their butts off.”
Arbor View rushed for more than 350 yards, including 175 yards and a touchdown on 13 carries from Daniel Mitchell. Darius Williams added 100 rushing yards and a touchdown on six carries, and Jaedyn Jackson forced overtime with a late touchdown run.
It’s the third time Arbor View has rallied to win late in the fourth quarter.
“It would be nice for us to play up to our ability before we get into that position,” Gerber said.
Special teams was the key for the Aggies. They blocked two Cimarron field goals, including one in overtime, and an extra point.
“Give credit to Cimarron. They came to play,” Gerber said.