Buchanan’s Ezra Owens caught an 11-yard touchdown pass from Josh Friesen on the final play of the game as the 11th-ranked Bears – closing a final few minutes of frenzy – stunned No. 6 Edison 16-14 Friday night in a nonleague season opener at Sunnyside Stadium.
Edison, the Central Section’s defending Division I champion, had taken a 14-10 lead with 1:07 remaining on a 4-yard scoring run by DeAndre Lockhart in a game that began at 100 degrees.
That was set up by a 50-yard kickoff return by Elijah Isiah, who reversed field after nearly being tackled on his own 5.
And it came a year after Edison escaped, 13-7, against Buchanan en route to a 12-2 season.
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The official asked me for the ball but I said, ‘No, this is my ball; I got the TD.’
Ezra Owens of Buchanan on winning TD catch vs. Edison
But the Tigers wouldn’t get away this time as Bears middle linebacker Logan Fogg recovered two fumbles – returning the first 60 yards for a touchdown, tying it, 7-7, with no time remaining in the third quarter.
A 25-yard kickoff return by Trevon Cummings gave Friesen, Owens and Buchanan a chance in the final minute.
And the Bears, 11-34 in the past four years, pulled it off against an elite athlete, Damon Rogers, who had taken a short pass, beat a defender and blazed 80 yards to give the Tigers a 7-0 lead late in the third.
But Owens, in his only reception of the night, got position on cornerback Rogers in the right corner of the end zone for the winner.
“I was in single coverage and I expected the ball,” Owens said. “But it was a crazy feeling that I actually caught the game-winning pass. The official (then) asked me for the ball but I said, ‘No, this is my ball; I got the TD.’”