Jordan (Los Angeles, Calif.)
, with a 3-6 record, was a distinct underdog entering its game against 9-0 South East (South Gate, Calif.).
The odds were even greater entering the fourth quarter with South East holding a commanding 47-19 advantage
But the final period proved to be salvation for the underdogs and a total nightmare for the favorites.
South East committed an incredible six turnovers (three interceptions and three lost fumbles) during the final 12 minutes and suffered a shocking 49-47 defeat on a two-point conversion run by
Rivera proved to be the difference in the fourth quarter as he completed a 19-yard touchdown pass to Robert McCovery
and ran in the two-point conversion to cut South East's lead to 47-33.
A few minutes later, Rivera scored on a two-yard run. His two-point conversion pass to McCovery cut South East's lead to just six points at 47-41.
Rivera tied the game at 47-47 with an eight-yard scoring toss to Marlon Taylor
with just over two minutes left to play.Tyrell Chance
got the rally going when he scored a 38-yard defensive touchdown early in the fourth quarter.
The loss marred an otherwise fantastic day for South East's Jonathan Santos
and Robert Lewis
. Santos completed 19 of 37 passes for 239 yards and a touchdown. However he also had three interceptions.
Lewis, meanwhile, ran 19 times for 226 yards and three touchdowns.
Jordan actually opened the scoring with a defensive touchdown by Rivera for a 7-0 advantage, but South East scored 28 straight points to grab a 28-7 lead. The Jaguars stretched that lead to 34-13 at halftime.
South East still received the No. 1 seed for the Los Angeles City Section Division II playoffs. Jordan finishes its season with a 4-6 record.