An unsuccessful field-goal attempt by El Toro High School fell short as time ran out, and Capistrano Valley came away with a 22-21 South Coast League victory over the Chargers Friday night before a crowd of 7,000 at Capistrano Valley.
El Toro kicker Ken Romaniszyn's 51-yard attempt landed in the middle of the end zone. The kick came after El Toro had driven 54 yards, from its 20, in less than 50 seconds.
El Toro quarterback Bret Johnson, who completed 19 of 37 attempts for 279 yards, passed for all of the 54 yards on the drive. But with the ball on the Capistrano Valley 34, Johnson threw three consecutive incompletions.
Capistrano Valley (8-0, 3-0) scored the winning touchdown with 2:25 left on running back Matt Spence's two-yard run.
Spence's touchdown and a two-point conversion pass from quarterback Todd Marinovich to Davy Rawson put Capistrano Valley ahead, 22-15.
El Toro (5-3, 1-2) scored less than a minute later when Johnson completed a 45-yard pass to Sean Drinkwater.
The pass fell into Drinkwater's hands as Capistrano Valley defensive back Tommy Adams fell down.
However, El Toro's two-point conversion attempt, a pass from Johnson to wide receiver Chris McCarthy, was incomplete.
Capistrano Valley, attempting to run out the clock, could do no better than take the clock down to 56 seconds.