Schaller-Crestland was outgained 268 yards to 168 here Friday night, as host Rockwell City-Lytton beat the Wildcats 28-14 in 1A district action.
According to Schaller-Crestlandcoach Dale Tokheim, the game's first touchdown was scored by Rockwell City Lytton with just 20 remaining in the first half.
"We had a couple of breakdowns on their drive just before halftime," Tokheim said. "That really hurt us."
RC-L's first touchdown came on a 15-yard pass.
Schaller-Crestland came back with a 5-yard scoring run from Zach Stephens with 9 minutes, 14 seconds left in the third quarter. The point-after kick was good and the game was tied at seven.
Rockwell City-Lytton scored the next three touchdowns to seal the win. They scored on an 8-yard pass with 4:11 left in the third quarter to take a 14-7 lead after three frames.
R-CL's Zach Spencer rambled in from 31-yards out just 15 seconds into the fourth quarter. Two and half minutes later, Spencer scored on a 4-yard run as RC-L took its biggest lead of the night at 28-7.
Schaller-Crestland used the big play to give itself hope of a comeback. Justin Ronk broke loose for an 80-yard scoring run to make it 28-14 with 2:33 left in the contest. Neither team scored after that.
"Offensively, we struggled all night," Tokheim said. "Our offensive line did not have its best game.
"The effort was there but we need to sustain our blocks and communicate better, " he added.
Rockwell City-Lytton rushed for 203 yards to 166 for Schaller-Crestland. RC-L had 65 passing yards. Ronk rushed 20 times for 132 yards to lead the Schaller-Crestland offense.
Defensively, Schaller-Crestland was led by Stephens, who made 13 tackles, including four solo tackles. Collin Johnson and Feilmeir each finished with nine tackles.
Tokheim also said credit should go to RC-L.
"They played a good game and deserved to win it," Tokheim said. "We need to regroup and get back to basics."