SAN JOSE -- One year after they combined for 91 points in an offensive thriller, Archbishop Mitty and Valley Christian played another tight one Friday night.

But this time, the defenses dominated play.

Two touchdown passes by Trenton Scharrenberg in the second quarter accounted for Mitty's only points, and the second-ranked Monarchs held off No. 6 Valley Christian in the second half to win 14-13.

Valley Christian nearly pulled off a miraculous finish to force overtime as Jordan Goldstein blocked a punt in the final minute and returned it 28 yards for a touchdown that brought the Warriors to within one point. The dramatic touchdown led to a euphoric eruption on the Valley Christian sideline and in the end zone that drew a penalty flag for excessive celebrating.

The 15-yard penalty led to a 35-yard extra-point kick that missed.

Mitty ran out the clock to win the West Catholic Athletic League game.

"It was a good victory for us," Mitty coach Matt Haniger said. "We responded in a pretty good way as far a little adversity there. We got the ball, got a turnover, and didn't end up going our way."

Mitty believes it recovered a fumble at its 1-yard line in the third quarter that would have preserved its two-touchdown halftime lead. But the officials ruled that the ball went out of bounds, and Valley Christian scored on a 1-yard run by Mark Quinby.

Still, it looked as if Mitty wouldn't have to sweat the final minutes as its defense continued to dominate.

But then Valley Christian got the blocked punt.

"Your kids got to be under control," Valley Christian coach Mike Machado said. "But the majority of guys who ran out were our special teams. We got caught up in the moment. The guys who were down toward that end of the sideline ran down to the end zone. It was a big play. They were excited."

Asked what he told the team afterward, Machado said, "You've got to keep moving forward and get guys healthy. We've got to keep working. We've got a lot of season left."

Valley Christian was missing its top running back, Kirk Johnson, because of an ankle injury.

Mitty held Valley Christian to one first down in the first half as it got huge contributions from nearly all of its defenders, including linebacker Chandler Ramirez and defensive end Tommy Hudson.

Valley Christian's only offensive touchdown, the 1-yard run by Quinby, came after an interception early in the third quarter gave the Warriors the ball at the Mitty 34.

It was a defensive struggle for much of the opening half. Fumbles ended two early Mitty possessions, including one after Scharrenberg had completed a 49-yard pass to Daniel Rice that moved the Monarchs to the Valley Christian 36.

Valley Christian went three-and-out on its first five series and gained only 4 total yards in the process.

The Warriors ended the first-down drought on the first play of their sixth series when John Wilkinson ran 26 yards to the Mitty 49. But on the next play, the Warriors fumbled.

Mitty took a 7-0 lead on its previous series as Scharrenberg lofted a 45-yard scoring pass down the middle to Jose Manzo with 6:20 left in the second quarter.

After it recovered the Valley Christian fumble, Mitty drove in for another score. Zach Seavers caught a 9-yard slant pass in the end zone to cap the drive and extend the Monarchs' lead to 14-0.

"I'm really proud of my defense; I can't be more proud," said Ramirez, who also plays running back. "We played our butts off the entire night. Offensively, Valley Christian is a very physical team ... and we weren't able to respond to that. That's why I was a little upset because I know we have more heart than that.

"But. overall, we pulled out a win. We're just looking forward to our next game."

Mitty          0           14           0           0           -- 14

Valley Christian           0           0           7           6           -- 13

M -- Manzo 45 pass from Scharrenberg (Haas kick)

M -- Seavers 9 pass from Scharrenberg (Haas kick)

VC -- Quinby 1 run (Kroening kick)

VC -- Goldstein 28 blocked punt return (kick failed)

Records -- Mitty 5-0, 2-0; Valley Christian 3-2, 1-1