MANTECA — A late touchdown run by Bear Creek’s Daveyon Phillips, along with an even later interception by teammate Jafari Binder with 48 seconds remaining, gave the Bruins a stunning 36-34 victory over host East Union on Friday night at Dino Cunial Stadium.

Bear Creek’s come-from-behind victory ignited a celebration that was seemingly in hand for the Lancers (1-2), who led 34-14 early in the third quarter. However, Bear Creek’s defense shut down the Lancers and the Bruins (2-1) had just enough time to complete the victory.

“I’m so proud of my guys who showed their resilience,” Bear Creek coach Reggie Camp said. “They overcame adversity, hung in there and clawed their way out of it. They never gave up, so I’m so very proud of them.”

“East Union is a darn good team, and we knew that coming in,” he added. “We knew they would get their scores. Our job is to bend, but not break. The thing that hurt us is we were in the right position to make the play, but we had too many missed tackles and that hurt us. I have four sophomores on defense, and you know what, today they played like veterans.”

Bear Creek quarterback Quincy Glasper threw for 239 yards and two touchdowns, while running back Terry Holmes rushed for 72 yards on 23 carries and two touchdowns. Receiver Chaz Davis was Glasper’s favorite target, finding him eight times for 179 yards and two scores.

East Union out-gained the Bruins throughout the game with an impressive rushing attack that accumulated 466 yards. Senior running back Raylen Carter rushed for 252 yards on 11 carries, and had touchdown runs of 35, 69 and 80 yards off the same trap play up the middle.

Carter’s 80-yard burst occurred on the first play of the second half, and by then was averaging 38 yards per carry. Teammates Tealen Gaines had 65 yards rushing and a 6-yard score, Alex Alexander rushed for 68 yards and a 15-yard touchdown, and Leo Bonilla added 78 yards on 12 carries.

In all, the teams combined for 850 yards of offense with East Union getting the edge by a 515-335 margin.

East Union coach Willie Herrera said his defense couldn’t get one last stop.

“We needed to stop (Davis), and we didn’t,” Herrera said. “Typically, 34 points is good enough to win, but defensively we didn’t get that one extra stop to win the game. That should have been enough to win the game. So, we have to get better.”

East Union led 6-0 midway through the opening quarter when the Bruins responded with an 11-play drive good for 59 yards. Camp arrived to the game late, due a rehearsal for his son’s wedding, but saw his squad take an 8-6 lead on Davis’s first touchdown reception good for 10 yards.

Gaines’s 6-yard scored, along with Carter’s 69-yard score, gave East Union a 21-8 lead. The Bruins were on the march to score when a fumble at the Lancers’ 16-yard line was recovered by Alexander. East Union immediately marched the distance for a 27-8 lead capped by Alexander’s 15-yard rush.

The Bruins quickly drove 56 yards for a Holmes touchdown with 24 seconds left in the half.

Losing by 20 points in the third quarter, Holmes capped a seven-play, 38-yard drive to pull within 34-22. After a 13-play East Union drive stalled at Bear Creek’s 21-yard line on fourth down, Davis caught a 76-yard pass from Glasper that cut the deficit to 34-30.

After East Union fumbled with 10:44 remaining at its own 25-yard line, Bear Creek began its game-winning touchdown drive. That was extended into the Lancers’ 11-yard line when a defender was whistled for unsportsmanlike conduct. Two plays later Phillips ran untouched into the end zone on a reverse play.