Standout running back Brandon Wegher had 256 yards rushing and four touchdowns on 19 carries - and that was with 4:30 still left in the second quarter - as 3A No. 2 Sioux City Bishop Heelan handed Storm Lake's football team a 58-14 loss Friday at Tornado Stadium.
The playoff-bound Crusaders improved to 8-1 overall and won Class 3A District 1 with a record of 7-0.
Storm Lake finished 3-6 overall and 3-4 in district play.
The clock ran continuously the entire second half, in which neither team scored.
"They're a very good ball team. They do a good job offensively, staying on blocks, and the Wegher kid just has great speed and cuts on a dime," said Tornadoes coach Bill McCabe. "I told our seniors 'thanks.' I told them they worked hard and improved. It might not have shown tonight but we made a lot of strides from beginning to end."
The Tornadoes started the season 0-4 before picking up a trio of district wins, the most impressive of them coming in last week's 19-0 road victory over Sergeant Bluff-Luton.
"When things weren't going well, our kids stuck to it and listened and showed very good character," McCabe said about the season. "We could have just kind of jumped ship but we stayed with it and came back and played some pretty good football down the stretch. A lot of juniors played - we saw a lot of improvement from them. They have to work hard during the offseason - a lot of them will be counted on to play a lot with our small numbers."
The game was tied 7-7 at one point. Bobby Brown hit Chom Thammavongsa for a 67-yard completion, setting up a 15-yard TD loft from Brown to Zach Miller in the back right corner of the end zone. After Kyrie Butler's PAT kick at the 9:34 mark of the opening period, the game was tied at 7-all.
With 8:53 left in the second quarter, Thammavongsa returned a kick 92 yards for a touchdown, and Storm Lake trailed 37-14 after Butler's point-after kick.
The Crusaders outgained SL 424-182.
Brown passed for 143 yards, a touchdown and an interception.
Thammavongsa ran for 45 yards on 14 carries and caught three passes for 61 yards.
Ben Seaman caught two passes, while Tyler Gibbins and Miller added a reception of their own.
Jordan Carlson recorded a sack, giving him a total of 7 1/2 on the year.