The Chandler Basha students rushed the field and just before they got to midfield, heading toward the Mountain Pointe side of the field, a Pride school official stopped them dead in their tracks.
The Mountain Pointe defense had no such luck Friday night as the game wound down.
Basha's Quinten Del Re scored from 14-yards out with 1:18 remaining to hand visiting Mountain Pointe a 21-17 loss in a Class 5A Division I non-region game. It was the Pride's first regular season loss since the final game of the 2008 season and the first in the Norris Vaughan era after 12 straight wins.
Mountain Pointe (2-1) had one final drive, but had no timeouts and 78 yards in front of the offense with 1:10 left.
The Pride, who beat Basha (2-0) in two tough games last season, got down to the Basha 48, but quarterback Kyle Faunce was sacked on a second down to force a spike on third. He threw incomplete on fourth down with freshman Jalen Brown the intended target to turn the ball over on downs.
"We had been holding them great, but we couldn't stop them at the end," Vaughan said. "At the end when we had to make a play we didn't get it."
The Mountain Pointe defense had a good game - linebacker Izzy Marshall, defensive tackle Chad Papineau and defensive end JR Plote in particular - but let Del Re take over after containing the 5-foot-9, 180-pounder prior to the final drive.
"We didn't execute at the end," said senior defensive back Ramus Bryant. "I don't know if it was a lack of concentration or focus. We should have stopped them."
Del re entered the final drive with seven yards on 10 carries, but had four carries for 43 yards on the final drive, including a 10-yard run on an option play on fourth-and-4 on the Basha 33-yard line with 2:35 remaining.
"We even told them what play was coming, and they still didn't stop," Vaughan said. "Someone has to make that play."
Del Re, who finished with 14 carries for 50 yards and had five catches for 35 yards, said the difference was simple in giving Basha coach Bernie Busken his first home win.
"We prepare for situations just like that and we do a lot of conditioning to make sure we are able to get the job done," Del Re said. "It was a great win, but it's early. They beat us twice last year. This is a new year and we are one up on them."
Mountain Pointe had some self-inflicted wounds in the final quarter to allow Basha to come back.
The Pride took a 17-14 lead with 4:11 left on Kevin Kadisak's 31-yard field goal. Mountain Pointe had to settle for the field goal after a false start on third-and-1 from the 5-yard line.
The third-and-6 play was a sweep by Bryant that went for a loss, forcing the Kadisak field-goal attempt.
Then the coaching staff called two timeouts when on defense as Basha was driving for the winning score. It would have changed the play selection process on Mountain Pointe's final drive if they could stop the clock once or twice.
"It certainly didn't help," Vaughan said. "But it would have been difficult to get in the end zone in that situation whether we had them or not."
The offense was struggling to find consistency as Faunce was unable to come up with big plays in the passing game to keep the Basha defense honest as the running struggled until Bryant, who didn't start for the first time, got it going in the second half.
Bryant finished with eight carries for 35 yards, all of it coming in the second half, including a 6-yard sweep to the right side for score to tie the game at 14 with 19.5 seconds left in the third quarter.
But overall the offense, which struggled to run last week against Gilbert Highland, sputtered finishing with about 261 total yards, including 147 on the ground on 34 carries.
The difference, however, was the fact that Vaughan, who saw his personal 45-game regular season winning streak end, was happy with the effort.
"We played as hard as we could play. I was proud of the way we played," he said. "We had some costly blunders, but we just came up short."
Chandler Basha 21, Mountain Pointe 17
First downs 11 14
Rushes-yards 34-147 24-81
Passing yards 114 134
Comp-Att-Int 10-18-1 15-20-0
Fumbles-lost 1-0 1-0
Mountain Pointe 7 0 7 3—17
Basha 0 7 7 7—21
MP – Holle 7 reception from Faunce (Kadisak kick), 3:42
B – Walker 15 pass from Duran (kick good), 3:53
B – Duran 1 run (kick good), 6:26
MP – Bryany 6 run (Kadisak kick), 19.5
MP – Kadisak 31 FG, 4:11
B – Del Re 14 run (kick good), 1:18