Sophomore receiver Rob Rossfeld caught the game-winning touchdown pass with less than one minute to play as Fountain Hills posted a 20-16 road win over Eloy Santa Cruz in 3A non-region action.
With the win the Falcons evened their record at 1-1 after a 25-6 setback at the hands of Lakeside Blue Ridge last week. The Dust Devils fell to 0-2.
Rossfeld’s first varsity score came on a nine-yard pass from quarterback Jason Fairfield with 37 seconds remaining.
“Nothing,” Rossfeld replied when asked what he was thinking when he was left uncovered going into the end zone. “I was just amazed. I was in shock.”
Rossfeld’s catch capped a wild final period in which the lead changed hands three times. Fountain Hills, which trailed by 10 points early in the second quarter, took it’s first lead of the game on a two-yard touchdown run by Cameron Estes seven minutes into the fourth quarter.
Santa Cruz reclaimed the lead three plays later on a 69-yard touchdown pass (the Dust Devils’ first completion of the game) with 3:24 remaining.
But Fairfield completed 4-fo-6 passes for 34 yards and drove the Falcons 62 yards for the win. He was aided on the drive by a running game that churned out 200 yards on 45 carries in the game.
“It was nerve-racking,” Rossfeld said. “It’s was the first time I had been in (a close game) on varsity. It went really fast. It was a blur.”