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Del Sol keeps playoff dream alive with fourth quarter comeback

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Del Sol High will host the most important football game of the week next Thursday.

The Dragons made sure of it with a dramatic 48-47 victory over the Green Valley Gators Friday night. The win sets up a de-facto play-in game to the Sunrise playoffs with Basic next week. Both teams sit at 2-3 in the Southeast division and are vying for the No. 4 seed.

“It’s a playoff game for us,” Del Sol coach Preston Goroff said. “It’s Basic and we always have really good games with those guys. We’re looking forward to it.”

Del Sol will have the most potent weapon on the field in senior running back Chris Marshall, who continued on his impressive farewell season against Green Valley.

Marshall rushed for more than 300 yards and five touchdowns. Green Valley senior Aaron Love had a similar game for his team, but Del Sol was able to pull through.

“Love carried Green Valley and Chris carried us,” Goroff said. “They both lived up to their billings. Neither defense could stop much of anything.”

Green Valley led Del Sol by two scores midway through the fourth quarter. But the Dragons improbably rallied back.

They settled for a field goal to make it a nine-point game with more than five minutes left and went for an onside kick that they didn’t recover. But an interception gave Del Sol the ball anyway.

Marshall turned it into a touchdown with about three minutes left. The Dragons again tried an onside kick, and this time, got the ball back.

They drove far enough to set up Dylan Lindemann with a 36-yard field goal with 18 seconds left. The always-reliable Lindemann, who also kicked all but one of his kickoffs for touchbacks Friday, booted it through for the game winner.

“It’s nice having a kicker,” Goroff said. “This might be the first year we’ve had a kicker like that. It’s nice to have that feeling that if you set him up, he can win the game.”

Case Keefer can be reached at 948-2790 or [email protected]. Follow Case on Twitter at twitter.com/casekeefer.

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