Charles Ndayizeye's last-second catch sends Barlow past Beaverton
Barlow quarterback Jaren Hunter took the snap and rolled to his right, buying time for teammate Charles Ndayizeye to turn upfield and work open while tracking across the back of the end zone. Beaverton dropped four defensive players into coverage in that sector of the field, but Hunter fired a pass through traffic and hit his senior receiver for a 14-yard touchdown that lifted Barlow to the 28-24 win with 0:03 on the clock.
"I tried to extend the play, Charles ran a great route and I delivered a strike," Hunter said.
Beaverton only had time for a kickoff return, and the Bruins closed out the victory when linebacker Jared Eggleston brought down ball carrier Ben Mackinnon near the sideline.
Barlow advances to face No. 5-ranked Tigard in the second round Friday, Nov. 9. The two teams met in last year's playoffs and again this past September with the Tigers winning both times.
The Bruins' traveled 70 yards in little more than a minute on their winning drive with Jobi Malary catching a pass over the middle to convert third-and-4. Malary took a handoff up the middle for another first down, and Josh Nomie caught a ball and went 22 yards before scooting out of bounds to stop the clock. Hunter fired a throw over the left side to tight end Dominic Jacoby, who was buried by four tacklers but not before picking up a first down. That stopped the clock long enough for the Bruins to line up and spike the ball, setting the stage for the winning throw.
"I love the last two minutes — that's the best part of the game — any quarterback will tell you that," said Barlow head coach Terry Summerfield, a former QB at Gresham High and Portland State University.
Beaverton went up 24-14 late in the third quarter when Trey Singleton got in for a strip sack, and Sandrey Mitberg scooped the ball off the turf and went the distance 68 yards for the touchdown.
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