SAC CITY - It's hard to figure out sometimes how a team comes out on the short end of a game.
Take Schaller-Crestland, for example. The Wildcats dominated the rushing game, gaining 213 yards to only 83 for Sac City. The Wildcats also threw for more yards, 66 to 46.
But they also had more penalties and at least one more costly turnover.
Quarterback Justin Muggenberger scored on a 2-yard keeper after a Schaller-Crestland turnover to key a 7-6 upset win on Friday night at Sac City.
Sac City intercepted a Schaller-Crestland pass on the Wildcat 12-yard line and capitalized on it with Muggenberger's run in the third quarter.
"We had several mistakes," Schaller-Crestland coach Dale Tokheim said. "We had an interception on our own 12-yard line that set up their touchdown. We had a lot of penalties. Every time we had a big play or got things going, it stopped. They stepped up and stuffed us on a key fourth down in the fourth quarter and also on the two-point run."
Schaller-Crestland's Kelly Rydberg, who rushed for 155 yards on 34 carries, made it 7-6 on a 1-yard run. The two-point conversion run, however, failed.
"I wasn't very creative on our play-calling in key situations," Tokheim said. " I just don't think the boys came ready to play. Give Sac City credit. They played hard and stopped us when they needed to."
Dave Bloyer led the defense with 12 tackles. Branden Scadden and Rydberg each had eight and Jeff Witzke seven.
Schaller-Crestland is now 3-4 overall. Sac City is 2-5 overall.
Schaller-Crestland 0 0 6 0 - 6
Sac City 0 0 7 0 - 7
SAC-Muggenberger 2 run (Frohardt kick)
SC-Rydberg 1 run (run failed)
TEAM STATISTICS SC SAC
First downs 17 9
Rushes-yards 52-213 39-83
Com.-Att.-Int. 4-18-2 3-6-0
Passing yards 66 46
Return yards 42 69
Punts-Avg. 4-29 6-29
Fumbles-lost 1-0 2-1
Penalties-yards 9-80 6-40
Rushing-Schaller-Crestland: Rydberg 34-155, Witzke 7-38, Bloyer 7-23. Sac City: Duffy 18-43, Muggenberger 12-12, McPherson 8-39.
Passing-Schaller-Crestland: Drake 4-18-2-66. Sac City: Muggenberger 3-6-0-46.
Receiving-Schaller-Crestland: E.Johnson 2-47, Berg 1-15, N.Johnson 1-4. Sac City: Duffy 1-23, Frohardt 1-20, Steiger 1-3.
Tackles-Schaller-Crestland: Bloyer 12, Scadden 8, Rydberg 8, Witzke 7.