Southern Cal scored the go-ahead touchdown with 1 minute, 57 seconds left in the fourth quarter here Friday night, dealing the Schaller-Crestland football team a tough, 21-18 district loss.
"Our kids gave everything they had and more," said S-C coach Dale Tokheim, whose team dropped to 0-2 in district play and overall. "Overall, we corrected some things from last week. On offense, we sustained our blocks well and finally got our running game going."
The Wildcats jumped to an early 12-0 lead, scoring a touchdown in each of the first two quarters.
Senior halfack Brian Bode scored on a one-yard run in the first quarter, but the PAT kick was blocked.
The Wildcats took a 12-0 lead in the second quarter when Bode dove over the right side on a 1-yard plunge.
Schaller-Crestland led 12-0 at the half but Southern Cal scored twice in the third quarter.
The first score came on a 12-yard run by fullback Chad Baker, with the second coming later in the frame on a 1-yard run by Baker.
Trailing 13-12, the Wildcats capped a nice drive in the last quarter with an 8-yard run by Bode with 1:57 left.
Southern Cal struck back quickly. On the ensuing possession and on second down, Mustang quarterback Gavin Crandall, a 6-3 junior, hooked up on a 52-yard scoring pass to running back Trevor Gulbrandson.
One minute, 39 seconds remained but SC ended it with an interception two plays later.
The Wilcats were productive running the ball, finishing with 232 yards rushing on 55 attempts. Bode ran 29 times for 137 yards.
Next Friday, the Wildcats at at Rockwell City-Lytton in another district contest.