With less than a minute left to play, Gavilan football had the ball and crossed midfield with enough time to score a touchdown to steal its first win of the season against Los Medanos
But quarterback Erik Ornduff was intercepted on a deep ball to the Los Medanos 6 and the Rams fell 29-25 to drop to 0-3 on the season.
Ornduff was 22 of 38 for 224 yards and three touchdowns and PJ Reichert had eight catches for 79 yards and a TD in the loss.
Gavilan took a 17-15 lead at the half thanks to scoring 10 points in the final 5 minutes of the half, including Billy Loera kicking a 23-yard field goal as time expired.
The Mustangs got on the board first with a touchdown less than 3 minutes into the game.
But Gavilan responded quickly as Ornduff hit Reichert just 40 seconds later on a 25-yard touchdown pass.
The Mustangs responded in the second quarter to take a 15-7 lead before Gavilan scored on a Riley Owen 1-yard carry to cap a 69-yard drive.
That’s where the game stood until the fourth quarter when Los Medanos retook the lead on a 52-yard pass play early in the period.
Gavilan nearly stole it late when Trevor Hobbs caught a 12-yard touchdown pass from Ornduff with 2:20 left.
But Los Medanos went 82 yards in less than two minutes and the Mustangs defense came through with the late stop.
Gavilan will return home Saturday to host Monterey Peninsula College.
The Rams will take the field at 1 p.m. at Gilroy High School.
Kaitlyn Viray had 11 kills and digs to help Gavilan volleyball edge out Monterey Peninsula College in three sets, 26-24, 25-22, 28-26.
The Rams earned their fifth shutout of the year. After a five-set win over West Valley on Wednesday, the Rams improved to 7-1 overall.
Gavilan had a solid defensive night with Katia Dizon and Mikeila Banda both in double figure digs with 12 and 17, respectively.
Dizon added five kills with Haley Leifheit knocking down eight.
Christa Arroyo had 20 assists in the victory.
Wednesday night, Gavilan had to battle through five tough sets to finally defeat West Valley College, 25-15, 20-25, 24-26, 29-27, 15-10.
Dizon and Viray had nine kills each to lead the Rams.
Viray added 19 digs with Mikeila Banda and Dizon added 14 and 11 digs, respectively.
The Rams will next enter the Pierce College Tournament beginning Friday in Los Angeles.
Gavilan men’s soccer
The Rams split a pair of games on Sept. 14 and 15 to improve to 2-4 overall.
Gavilan defeated Merritt College 4-3 before falling to Marin 3-2.
Against Merritt, Sean Kaufman had two goals and an assist to lead the Rams to its second win of the season.
The Rams also had goals from Efren Pineda and Johnnie Rojas.
Keeper Cesar Lopez had eight saves against 11 shots on goal.
The next day against Marin, Gavilan nearly overcame two first-half goals from the Mariners, but gave up a late goal to ultimately fall 3-2.
Isaiah Ruggerio and Brian Huerta both scored for the Rams.
After giving up a goal in the first minute, Ruggerio equalized in the third.
After going down 2-1, Huerta equalized in the 62nd minute, but Marin scored in the 80th to win.