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Reedley College receiver Mason Layton (8) juggles the ball before hauling in a pass from quarterback Randall Johnson on his way to a 49-yard touchdown late in the first quarter of the American Championship Bowl on Nov. 17. Looking on is De Anza College defensive back Taimane Ashby (31). The Tigers led 41-28 with 12 minutes left in the game, but the Dons rallied for a 42-41 victory.

A winning streak had to end for one of the teams in the Northern California Football Conference American Division championship game in Reedley on Nov. 17.

In a contest that featured seven lead changes, De Anza College used a 1-yard touchdown run by sophomore quarterback Eduardo Andrade and the ensuing extra point kick by freshman kicker Ozzy Ortiz with 12 seconds remaining to edge Reedley College 42-41.

Andrade was named the game’s Most Valuable Player.

Both teams finished as conference champions with 10-1 records. De Anza recorded 10 straight wins after a 10-point loss to the Tigers on Sept. 1 in the season opener. The loss ended a 10-game winning streak for Reedley.

The deciding touchdown drive started after the first of two lost Reedley fumbles in the final 15 minutes. Reedley had taken a 41-28 lead on a 31-yard touchdown run by Jamon Chambers.

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