VENTURA – Agoura sophomore Kyle London scored the game-winning touchdown in his team’s 35-34 come-from-behind win over Ventura on Friday night.
On the surface, relying on a sophomore to come up with such a big play seems like an unlikely scenario, especially on an Agoura team with a variety of offensive weapons at its disposal.
But Agoura coach Charlie Wegher said London was his first option in that situation. London became a reliable target over the summer in passing tournaments and in practices.
“He was our go-to guy all summer,” Wegher said. “There was no doubt he was going to come through for us. As a sophomore, he’s remarkable.”
Gerard Poutier’s 13-yard touchdown pass to London with 1:01 remaining capped a 15-play, 98-yard drive that gave Agoura a one-point lead. The drive started when Kevin White forced Ventura running back Conner Armstrong to fumble on the goal line. Armstrong was trying to ice the game with his fifth touchdown. He stretched two yards from the end zone, exposing the ball, and White knocked it loose.
Agoura (1-0) recovered and marched down the field. Pouiter was 8-of-9 on the drive and came up with a huge two-yard run on fourth and 1 on the Ventura 15-yard line. One the next play, Poutier hit London on a slant at the goal line that tied the game, 34-34. The extra point by Jaime Alvarado gave Agoura the lead.
Agoura was down 34-21 with 11:25 to play in the fourth quarter. Armstrong had just scored his fourth touchdown of the game, a 3-yard run that capped a nine-play, 55-yard drive. Armstrong gained 40 yards on the ground on the drive.
Agoura’s Corey DaSilva took the ensuing kick-off 41 yards to midfield and gave his team good field position. Agoura covered 53 yards in less than three minutes and scored a touchdown to cut Ventura’s lead to six.
Kevin Beams caught a three-yard touchdown pass from Poutier to cap the drive.
Poutier finished the game 27-of-39 for 345 yards passing and four touchdowns. London caught seven passes for 76 yards and two touchdowns. DaSilva caught four passes for 102 yards, including a 58-yard touchdown off a bubble screen in the first half.
Armstrong rushed for 287 yards on 40 carries for Ventura (1-1). Nick Rudolph caught two passes for 47 yards and a touchdown.