The Miramonte Bowl, otherwise known as the Southern Section Division VII championship game, was played Saturday night with league rivals Covina Charter Oak and Hacienda Heights Los Altos meeting in the final for the the third consecutive year.
Both teams expected the outcome to be decided in the final minutes and that's exactly what happened in Charter Oak's 7-6 victory over the two-time defending champion Conquerors at Mt. San Antonio College.
Charter Oak's victory was not secured until Los Altos' Gilbert Rodriguez missed a 32-yard field-goal attempt with 12 seconds left.
"I came in and dove for the ball, but I missed it and was laying on the ground praying it went wide," Charter Oak defensive back Rafael Falcon said.
Falcon, who kicked the extra point for Charter Oak (12-2) after the Chargers' first-quarter touchdown, made what proved to be the game-winning play in the second quarter.