San Marcos falls short after a furious finish

Three touchdowns were scored in the last three minutes of the game, but San Marcos was unable to pick up its first win of the season at Beverly Hills, with the Royals falling short, 20-14, in the non-league football game.

The first half ended in a 0-0 stalemate, and the score was 7-7 with three minutes remaining in the game thanks to an interception returned for a touchdown by  the Royals’ Andres Valensuela.

Beverly Hills made it 14-7 near the three-minute mark, and then disaster struck for San Marcos.  The Normans intercepted a pass from quarterback Wesley Gibson and scored on a long run soon thereafter.

Gibson quickly atoned for his mistake on the next drive and hit Andrew Thayer for a 60-yard touchdown pass, bringing the Royals within six points.

Hopes of victory quickly faded after a failed attempt to recover an onside kick.

San Marcos will play its home opener on its new turf field next Friday night against Hueneme.