Riding a five-game win streak, including four straight in Sonoma County League play, the second-place Sonoma Valley High School varsity football boys entered Friday night’s regular season finale at Petaluma’s Durst Field having already punched their postseason ticket.
While the visiting Dragons wanted to keep adding to their winning momentum and carry it into the North Coast Section championships, their longtime SCL rival Petaluma was in a must-win situation to qualify for the postseason playoffs.
Using their trademark running game for an early touchdown, the Trojans surprised with a rare pass play that ended up covering 83 yards for a touchdown, and with a successful two-point conversion, sputtering Sonoma was stunned with a 14-0 deficit after just one quarter.
But standout senior quarterback Dan Deely led the Dragons back by scoring on four- and six-yard touchdown runs in the second and third quarters, respectively, and, when Petaluma moved back in front 21-14, Deely capped another rally with a late fourth quarter 19-yard touchdown pass to junior Kyle Dunevent for a tie at 21.
Unfortunately, Sonoma left 2 minutes and 54 seconds on the clock and the Trojans, playing for their postseason life, put together a 40-yard drive to set up a 30-yard field-goal attempt. The kick was good as time expired making the final 24-21.