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    Reseda’s Kaden Jones (33) runs the ball against Milpitas in the second quarter of a CIF Division 5-A state championship high school football game in Milpitas, Calif., on Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019. (Anda Chu/Bay Area News Group)

  • Milpitas’ (99) and CJ Ulibas (74) tackle Reseda quarterback Trent Butler (1) in the first quarter of a CIF Division 5-A state championship high school football game in Milpitas, Calif., on Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019. (Anda Chu/Bay Area News Group)

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  • Reseda quarterback Trent Butler (1) throws a pass in the second quarter of a CIF Division 5-A state championship high school football game in Milpitas, Calif., on Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019. (Anda Chu/Bay Area News Group)

  • Reseda’s Saleem Marshall (22) and Sepehr Amjadi (72) tackle Milpitas’ Josue Torres (20) in the second quarter of a CIF Division 5-A state championship high school football game in Milpitas, Calif., on Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019. (Anda Chu/Bay Area News Group)

  • Milpitas’ Milpitas’ Jenson Quiro (18) avoids a tackle attempt from Reseda’s Kameran Charles (2) in the second quarter of a CIF Division 5-A state championship high school football game in Milpitas, Calif., on Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019. (Anda Chu/Bay Area News Group)

  • Reseda’s Ayo Olabode (8) tackles Milpitas’ Jenson Quiro (18) in the second quarter of a CIF Division 5-A state championship high school football game in Milpitas, Calif., on Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019. (Anda Chu/Bay Area News Group)

  • Reseda’s Kameran Charles (2) and Prophet Tagoai (3) tackle Milpitas’ Curtis Price (2) following a bad snap on a extra point kick in the second quarter of a CIF Division 5-A state championship high school football game in Milpitas, Calif., on Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019. (Anda Chu/Bay Area News Group)

  • Milpitas’ Curtis Price (2) scores a touchdown against Reseda in the second quarter of a CIF Division 5-A state championship high school football game in Milpitas, Calif., on Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019. (Anda Chu/Bay Area News Group)

  • Milpitas quarterback Jovin Becerra (9) throws the ball for a touchdown against Reseda in the second quarter of a CIF Division 5-A state championship high school football game in Milpitas, Calif., on Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019. (Anda Chu/Bay Area News Group)

  • Milpitas’ Josue Torres (20) runs the ball for a touchdown against Reseda’s Prophet Tagoai (3) in the first quarter of a CIF Division 5-A state championship high school football game in Milpitas, Calif., on Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019. (Anda Chu/Bay Area News Group)

  • Milpitas’ Isaiah Dwelle (6) runs the ball against in the first quarter of a CIF Division 5-A state championship high school football game in Milpitas, Calif., on Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019. (Anda Chu/Bay Area News Group)

  • Milpitas’ Josue Torres (20) runs the ball against Reseda in the first quarter of a CIF Division 5-A state championship high school football game in Milpitas, Calif., on Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019. (Anda Chu/Bay Area News Group)

The 335-mile trek took more than five hours for the Reseda football team to arrive by bus in Milpitas for its first CIF State final.

It took a mere 1 minute and 6 seconds to change the entire complexion of the game.

Milpitas took advantage of two muffed kick returns and scored 20 points in a 1:06 span in the first half to rattle Reseda en route to a 34-0 victory on Saturday night in the CIF State Division 5-A final for its second state crown, its first since 2017.

Nevertheless, it was a sparkling campaign for Reseda (11-4), which won its first L.A. City Section crown since 1995 and then captured its first Southern California Regional crown with a dominant victory over Esperanza last week.

Ultimately it will be the journey to its first state final that Reseda will remember and not necessarily the game itself.

Reseda’s state final did not go as planned.

Reseda finished with three turnovers. It came up empty on a pair of red-zone possessions that could have brought the Regents back in the game.

It lost starting defensive tackle and center Sal Lopez early in the first quarter, though Max Agustin filled in admirably at center.

Quarterback Trent Butler sustained a knee injury on the final play of the third quarter. Butler took one snap in the fourth quarter, but receiver Dranel Rhodes was forced to move behind center for the final possession.

Reseda also had trouble slowing down Milpitas running back Josue Torres, who had 38 carries for 216 yards and a whopping four touchdowns.

But it was not all doom and gloom for Reseda, which seemed optimistic after a strong start. The defense came up with stops on the first two Milpitas drives.

Then the situation escalated quickly.

It started innocuously enough when Torres burst up the middle for a 12-yard scoring run with 12 seconds left in the first quarter for a 7-0 lead. It was the first score Reseda had given up since the fourth quarter of the City Division I final against El Camino Real, a span of over five quarters.

Then Reseda muffed the ensuing kickoff.

On the next play from scrimmage, Torres broke free for a 41-yard scoring run on the final play of the first quarter for a 14-0 lead.

Then it happened again – another muffed Reseda kick return on the first play of the second quarter.

Two plays later, Jovin Becerra connected with Curtis Price for a 31-yard touchdown strike at the 11:06 mark. Milpitas missed the PAT, but the damage had already been done.

Still, Reseda had chances to get back into the game.

It took advantage of a Milpitas fumble midway through the second quarter and marched to the Milpitas 3, but could not convert.

Reseda also blocked a Milpitas punt and recovered at the Milpitas 39 at the start of the third quarter. It advanced to the Milpitas 15, but was denied in the red zone again.

Torres added a 10-yard scoring run at the end of the third quarter and a 2-yard scoring run in the fourth quarter to finish win its eighth consecutive game following a 1-6 start this season.

— Tony Ciniglio reported from Los Angeles.

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