The Sonoma Dragons used two second-half scores and some timely defense to rally from a 10-point halftime deficit to defeat the visiting terra Linda Trojans 21-17 Friday night at Arnold Field.
Senior quarterback Sam Morgan connected with fellow senior Chris Swanson late in the fourth quarter to put the Dragons ahead 21-17 and the defense forced turnovers on the Trojans (1-1) final two possessions to preserve the win in the season opener for Sonoma (1-0).
Terra Linda looked to be seizing control of the game in the first half and opened the scoring when Kendal Ogans hauled in a 28-yard pass from starting quarterback Jake Toll-McKillop for a 7-0 first quarter lead.
Morgan and Swanson answered the Trojan score with a long 68-yard pass and catch to tie the score after Swanson tacked on the extra point following his dash to the end zone.
Toll-McKillop booted a 42-yard field goal and Ogans ran it in from 24 yards in the second quarter to put Terra Lind up 17-7 at halftime.
Morgan added a 10-yard touchdown run of his own in the third quarter and the Dragons cut the Terra Linda lead to two at 17-15 following sophomore Dan Deli’s run on a successful two-point conversion try.
The Dragon defense stopped Terra Linda on downs at the Sonoma 32-yard line with just over four minutes remaining and from there it took only two plays for Morgan to find Swanson for the winning score.
On the ensuing drive the defense force a fumble by Toll-McKillop but the Dragons turned the ball over on downs themselves leaving Terra Linda with one last chance for a comeback.
Deely put an end to the Trojan comeback hopes, intercepting Toll McKillop’s pass with 30 seconds remaining.
In addition to Deely’s defensive efforts, defensive coordinator Mike Mulas singled out senior linebacker Eric Clouse who had a host of tackles to go along with a deflected pass and a forced fumble.