On Tuesday, the Oakland A’s defeated the Texas Rangers 3-2 in 10 innings of baseball.
On Friday, Cathedral City beat Twentynine Palms 3-2 in four quarters of high school football.
A 3-2 baseball game has more consequential plays than a 3-2 football game. As Cathedral City coach Richard Lee said after the game, “Wow, it was ugly.”
The first half was especially ugly. Cathedral City received the opening kickoff and picked up one first down before it was forced to punt. Neither team moved the chains again until there were less than 4 minutes remaining in the second quarter. The first half’s only notable play occurred with 1:20 to go in the first quarter. Twentynine Palms’ Morgan Cole tackled Cathedral City punter James Rodriguez in the end zone for a safety.
The second half was more eventful. Each team picked up two first downs on its opening drive of the third quarter. Cathedral City’s defense stepped up, forcing two key turnovers in their own territory. The Lions recovered a fumble on their own 22-yard line on the first play of the fourth quarter and then Orlando Wallace intercepted a pass with 5:49 to go to set up the game-winning 47-yard field goal by Luis Castellanos.
Cathedral City’s defense hasn’t given up a touchdown in eight quarters. The Lions shut out Desert Mirage 28-0 one week ago.
But after facing two consecutive De Anza League opponents, the Lions will host Palm Desert in their Desert Valley League opener next week. The Aztecs are more talented than Desert Mirage or Twentynine Palms, and they are bound to score some points. The Lions’ offense will have to pick it up. They gained only 111 yards against Twentynine Palms.
But for the time being, the Lions will enjoy their 3-2 victory. Only two games in professional football history have ended with that score. In 1921, the Dayton Triangles beat the Cleveland Indians 3-2, and in 1926, the Chicago Cardinals defeated the Milwaukee Badgers 3-2. In 2008, in a Southeastern Conference game, Auburn defeated Mississippi State 3-2.