San Ramon Valley High kicker Brett Barbier already had made a 47-yard field goal when he found out Archbishop Mitty-San Jose coach Matt Haniger had called time out to ice him.
The ploy didn't work.
Barbier stepped up and slammed home another 47-yarder with 17.7 seconds left, giving the host Wolves a stunning 16-13 win over the Monarchs.
After trailing 13-6 at halftime, San Ramon Valley (1-0) got the big play it needed with 4:33 left in the third quarter when safety Michael Tagliaferri stepped in front of a Kyle Boehm pass, intercepting it and running it back 34 yards for a touchdown.
Tagliaferri's play was emblematic of a tremendous effort by the Wolves defense. It held the Cal-bound Boehm to 39 passing yards, intercepting him twice.
"I think it begins with two guys, (linebacker) Kyle Egan and (lineman) Ben Teichman. They're phenomenal players against one great player for them," San Ramon Valley coach Mark Kessler said. "He caught us a couple times, which is going to happen a couple times against a triple option, but our guys prevailed by sticking with it."
Boehm did run for 126 yards and two touchdowns, but it didn't matter in the end.
"That's probably one of the top 10 teams in Northern California, as far as I'm concerned," Haniger said. "We got better tonight, and that's the thing that I'm happy about tonight."
Mitty (1-1) did a good job of containing San Ramon Valley's highly-touted quarterback, Zach Kline, for a half, but the junior began to make plays in the second half. Even though he only threw for 132 yards, it was an impressive 2010 debut for Kline.
"You're practicing for months and months against your own team and then you come out against a different team with different speed so it's a little bit of an adjustment," Kline said. "... All those catches, those were the receivers. I just put it where they could get it."