Anthony Llanos scored all four of Phoenix North Canyon's touchdowns in regulation Friday and helped the Rattlers build a three-touchdown lead over Glendale Ironwood.
But his most important contribution came in overtime when he blocked an extra-point attempt that let North Canyon escape with a 35-34 victory in the 4A Division II state semifinals at Sandra Day O'Connor High School.
"I broke through the line," Llanos said. "We have to learn to put teams away when we get a lead. It was do or die, I knew I had to block it."
Mekyell Harrell scored from the 10-yard line on the first play of overtime to give North Canyon (13-0) the lead.
Ironwood (9-4) also scored when Luke Bakemeier hit Eric Hagg in the corner of the end zone, before Llanos came through with his heroics.
Llanos had given the Rattlers a 28-7 lead with 9:12 left in the third quarter when he scored his fourth touchdown on a 25-yard run.
But the Eagles came back with three unanswered touchdowns, the final one a 43-yard bomb from Bakemeier to Hagg and a two-point conversion run by Danny Cruz to force overtime.
"We let them back in the game and it wasn't the defense's fault," North Canyon coach Brian Cole said. "We got up, 28-7, and couldn't sustain anything on offense. Ironwood is a good offensive team, give them credit."