At Mesquite, the game started out ugly for Buena, as the No. 15 Colts fell behind 28-0 in the first half but rallied to keep it close against second-seeded Mesquite, which won its ninth straight game to improve to 10-1 and advance to the Division II state quarterfinals. Buena was eliminated from the playoffs and finished the season 6-5.

• Highlight reel: Buena wide receiver Ben Sims started the second half with a 91-yard kickoff return for a touchdown .

Player of the game: Buena quarterback Rafael Adames. The senior completed 20 of 33 passes for 182 passing yards. He is Southern Arizona’s leading passer with 2,950 yards.

By the numbers: 14: After Mesquite took a 28-0 lead, Buena scored 21 straight points but then gave up 14 consecutive points.

He said it: “We faced a lot of adversity all year. We didn’t make enough plays tonight. We hung with them.” — Buena coach Ryan Scherling

Derek Evans