COSTA MESA – Irvine’s football team survived a late scare from Westminster on Saturday night to capture a 14-7 victory in the opening round of the CIF-SS Southern Division playoffs at Estancia High.
The outcome wasn’t decided until the final play when Lions’ quarterback Kenny Chapple connected with Aaron Garbutt on a 14-yard pass play.
Garbutt was stopped at the Irvine 1 and with no timeouts remaining, Westminster could not stop the clock.
Irvine had called timeout with three seconds left following an incompletion to set up its defense on what stood to be the final play of regulation.
The Vaqueros defense, which had held Westminster (7-4) in check until the final drive, made one final stand, avoiding overtime.
– TIM BURT, OCVarsity.com