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Iron Sharpens Iron’s undefeated record came to a close in a wild finish to the action Saturday evening in Southern California.
In the final game of the day of the third week at the Winner Circle Athletics Champions League, Iron Sharpens Iron (2-1) suffered a 15-7 defeat in overtime to Sunset, snapping its two-game winning streak to begin the season.
Sunset started the festivities on fire by throwing a 75-yard touchdown pass on the very first play from scrimmage to put ISI in a quick 7-0 bind, but ISI never folded after that massive play to start the contest, fighting its way back to make it a ballgame all the way until the final whistle sounded.
Its defense shutout Sunset for the rest of regulation, forcing turnovers and registering sacks and tackles for loss to provide what was a thrilling finish.
Grant senior quarterback Peni Kauifusi tied the scoring up at 7-7 on a 5-yard touchdown run with 7:13 remaining in the second quarter, and while both teams had chances to take the lead in regulation – including both getting the ball at midfield in the final two minutes – neither could convert as the game went into overtime.
Sunset converted a fourth down play on a touchdown pass in the left corner of the end zone, and a two-point conversion after that made it a 15-7 score and forced Iron Sharpens to need an eight-point possession to extend the ballgame.
Which it almost did.
Despite no scores on the first three plays, ISI came through with a touchdown run on fourth down on an incredible toss play, but a holding call on the score created a redo of the play, with Sunset making the final stop to seal the game and hand ISI its first loss in three games.
Kauifusi led ISI’s offense with 100 yards of total offense – 61 through the air and 39 on the ground.
Kimball senior running back Alonzo Jackson – an elite performer this offseason – shined in his first game with Iron Sharpens Iron, shifting his way through the defense en route to 39 yards on four carries, including two touches of 14-plus yards.
Lincoln-Stockton junior Jonah Coleman kept his brilliant streak offensively going, adding to his 76 yards one week ago with a team-high 50 yards on four catches. Grant senior receiver Donovan Laban tallied 37 yards on two receptions.
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