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Apollos upend Generals, start year 3-0

It appeared Sunset High was about to suffer its first loss of the season against Grant last Friday night.

The Apollos led 27-13 with under nine minutes remaining in the second half, but squandered the lead. Grant scored twice and tied the game 27-27 to force the game into overtime.

The Generals could not punch the ball into the end zone on their overtime possession and had to settle for a 35-yard field goal by Aidan Schneider. On Sunset’s possession, Charles Wenzel went around the end to score a seven-yard TD, to give Sunset a 33-30 victory.

“It was a counter,” Wenzel said. “I bounced it outside, used my size to my advantage and ran over a cornerback.”

The touchdown was Wenzel’s third of the night. The win moved Sunset to 3-0 on the season.

“It boosts us up a lot,” Sunset quarterback Willy Pflug said. “We’re 3-0 — got an overtime win. We’ve got a lot of momentum going into Metro League now.”

There was not much offense by either team in the first half.

On Sunset’s second possession of the night, the Apollos took the ball down to the 2-yard-line, but were stonewalled. Grant then drove 98 yards down the field, capping the drive on the first play of the second quarter when quarterback Sam Davis connected with Dominique Penn for a 21-yard touchdown. Grant’s PAT was blocked, and the Generals led 6-0.

Sunset evened the score 6-6 with 3:07 remaining in the second quarter when Wenzel scored on a one-yard dive up the middle.

“Grant was hitting high, and I just used my size and plowed down the field,” Wenzel said.

In the second half, the game opened up when Sunset went to a no-huddle offense, which had Grant playing back on its heels.

“We tired them out a little bit,” Pflug said. “You could tell they were getting a little tired, and they had to call some timeouts to get adjusted.”

With 9:24 remaining in the third quarter, Wenzel scored his second touchdown of the night on a bubble screen pass from Pflug, which he took 21 yards into the end zone.

“We ran a bubble to me, and I got a great block on the outside,” Wenzel said. “I made a cut and went right into the end zone.”

Wenzel tried a run up the middle on the two-point conversion, but he was stuffed, and the Apollos led 12-6.

On Grant’s next possession, Davis took a quarterback keeper around the end, found the corner and was gone — 61 yards into the end zone. The Generals were able to make the PAT and led 13-12.

Sunset then mounted a 93-yard drive that was finished by a four-yard touchdown run by Hunter Kellerman. After the Apollos converted the PAT, Sunset led 20-13.

Sunset went up 27-13 with 8:59 remaining in the fourth quarter.

Facing a third down and 18 from the Grant 41-yard-line, Pflug found Kasey Porter wide open across the middle.

Porter hauled in the catch and went untouched into the end zone.

“I saw the safety jump to the outside, so we came inside,” Pflug said. “I got to the outside, threw it down the middle, and it worked out well.”



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