FORT WAYNE – Despite two double-digit second-half deficits, Mike Fiacable and Bishop Dwenger had a feeling a comeback was possible.
The Saints turned their faith into a reality with a 32-28 win over host North Side on Friday.
The rallies helped the Saints break a two-game losing streak to the Redskins.
We stuck together, and we kept believing that we could get it done, said Fiacable, a senior quarterback. Thats all that mattered. Once you believe, the skys the limit. We just tried to stay positive and keep everybody up. Yeah, you are down a lot but you have to keep believing, and it happened for us.
Fiacable scored the game-winner on a 10-yard run with 1:46 left. Fiacable finished with two touchdown runs and a scoring pass, all in the second half.
Bishop Dwenger (3-0, 3-0 SAC) trailed North Side (1-2, 1-1) 28-18 just before the midway mark of the fourth quarter before the Saints made their final push. Marcus Stepps 56-yard scoring pass from Fiacable cut the margin to 28-25 with 5:25 left.
When you are up 10 points with eight minutes to go, you think you should be all right, North Side coach Ryan Hall said.
The Saints comeback spoiled another stellar night from North Side junior quarterback Mike LoVett, who ran for two touchdowns and passed for two more. LoVett accounted for 505 total yards and six touchdowns in a 42-40 loss to Delta last week.
North Side led 21-3 with less than six minutes left in the third on LoVetts second rushing touchdown, from seven yards out.
The Saints trimmed the margin to 21-18 on a Fiacable scoring run in the third and a Ryan Cinadr touchdown run to open the fourth.
The Redskins thought they had the clincher, though, when LoVett connected with Zach McKinstry for a second score, this one on a 70-yard touchdown play with 11 minutes left.
I am proud of our guys, Dwenger coach Chris Svarczkopf said. We had a lot of adversity. Things didnt go our way. We were very generous, and we made a lot of terrible mistakes (in the first half).
We didnt make any speeches at halftime. It was just doing what we could to get back into the game. Our guys believed, and they never quit. There were no major adjustments defensively but we found some things offensively that we thought would work. It really helped for us to run the ball, it really opened up the pass at the end.
In the first half, North Side held Dwenger to three points and held a 14-3 advantage by forcing three Saints turnovers.
We knew they would, Hall said of the Saints adjustments. Thats what they do.
They made their adjustments, but we still should have won the game. I thought we were better than they were.