On the losing end of a 42-41 overtime decision to Snider on Friday, Bishop Dwenger coach Chris Svarczkopf saw something in his team that will bode well for the future.
The Saints (5-3), who have three losses in a season for the first time in seven years, rallied from a 21-0 deficit to score 28 straight points and even led 35-28 in the fourth quarter.
"There were a couple of times where we found out what we were made of," Svarczkopf said. "I thought our team took a step forward tonight. We were down 21-0, and they fought back. I am proud of our team."
Dwenger saw its 38-game SAC winning streak snapped this year and will see its five-year reign as conference champions come into an end, win or lose next week against rival Bishop Luers.
But a win against defending Class 3A state champion Bishop Chatard last week, coupled with a gallant effort against the Panthers (4-4), means the Saints are starting to come alive at the right time in the season.
And Svarczkopf doesn't think the Panthers are too shabby, either, despite their .500 record.
"They are a great team, and we knew they were," he said. "Their record was what it was because of the great teams they play."