For 47 minutes and 39 seconds, offense ruled.
Dobson and Skyline had racked up a combined 73 points and 800 yards of offense. T.J. Thomas had 332 of those yards and three touchdowns on 37 carries for Dobson.
But with 21 seconds left, Dobson cornerback Duncan Kastilahn showed that defense still wins games
Kastilahn intercepted Michael Amado to preserve the Mustangs' 37-36 win over visiting Skyline in a Division I, Section II game on Friday.
“My coach has been on me because I let him beat me a lot of times, but I finally got him,” Kastilahn said. “I just jammed him because our defensive coordinator told us to, and I just got a good read on the ball.”
Respond he did.
“Duncan Kastilahn, give him credit,” Dobson coach Alex Jacobson said. “I jumped his case, I got on him hard. He didn’t pout, he just responded.”
Wyatt Agnew came up with another big play for the defense that preceded Kastilahn’s interception.
Amado started Skyline’s final drive by completing two passes for 25 yards to put the Coyotes at midfield. On the next play, Agnew sacked Amado for a loss of 6 yards.
“We were just telling each other not to give up, just to keep fighting because we’re way better than this,” Kastilahn said.
Dobson (3-1, 1-1) put itself in position for the win thanks to its 14-play, 82-yard touchdown drive on its only possession of the fourth quarter.
Gabe Martinez completed 4-of-5 passes for 36 yards on the final drive. He connected with Cullen Richoux on a 5-yard touchdown pass to put Dobson up for good.
“Our quarterback had some pretty good poise,” Jacobson said. “Honestly, we just made one more play than them on the last drive.”
Thomas also provided the Mustangs with a spark, rushing for 48 yards on the final drive. Thomas carried the ball on the first five plays of the drive to put the Mustangs at their own 47-yard line.
“They loaded the box and came after him and he still took it,” Jacobson said of Thomas. “He’s a warrior.”
In a game where he provided most of the big plays for Skyline (2-2, 0-1), Amado couldn’t come up with one more. Amado rushed for 75 yards and four touchdowns. He also completed 11-of-15 passes for 142 yards.