The Schaller-Crestland defense came up big here Friday night in the second half, as the Wildcats held off Rockwell City-Lytton 14-13 to gain their first win of the season.
Schaller-Crestland opened the season with a tough, 14-7 loss to Newell-Fonda and last week, lost to Southern Calhoun despite outplaying them statistically most of the game.
After a scoreless first quarter Friday night, the Wildcats got on the board first with a four-yard run by quarterback Tim Langner. That capped a 65-yard drive and with the extra-point, made it 7-0.
The Wildcats held RC-L on a near-goal line stand late in the second quarter, snuffing it on a fourth and two play from the Schaller six.
But on the next offensive play, the Wildcats fumbled away possession and RC-L turned it into six points several plays later on a six-yard scoring run by Trevor Richardson.
"We made some key mistakes on offense again," S-C coach Dale Tokheim said after the game. "But in the end, we came together as a team and pulled out a win after two tough losses."
The Wildcats were also playing without leading rusher Tyler Meuseburger, who was out with a lower leg injury he sustained last week at Southern Cal.
The Wildcats took a 14-7 lead just before halftime on a three-yard run by Brian Bode. The score was set up by a nice pass from quarterback Langner to wide-out Luke Feilmeier.
Rockwell City Lytton scored the only points of the third quarter, those coming on a 28-yard scoring pass from quarterback Brent Miller to Richardson.
Crucially, RC-L missed the extra-point and the Schaller-Crestland defense made the 14-13 lead hold up throughout the fourth quarter.
The Wildcats rushed for 207 yards to just 67 for RC-L, which passed for 99 yards.
Adam Barlow led all rushers with 80 yards on 23 carries.