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Saints mount epic comeback to claim district title

Oct 09, 2020 10:22PM ● By Travis Charlson
With hands on their hips, panting hard through their masks, the Saints trudged back to their sideline after watching Lake Mills punch in a two-point conversion attempt to go up 16-0. 

In the final game of the regular season and a district title on the line, the Bulldogs came out swinging and had St. Ansgar on the ropes, poised to hand the Saints their first loss of the regular season. 

Despite putting up a score of their own to make the score 16-6 at the half, the Saints still had a long way to go when the teams took the field in the second half. 

Even throughout the second half the Bulldogs continued to move the football up and down the field, but a couple of red-zone stands as well as some key takeaways for the Saints kept Lake Mills scoreless after half-time. 

And as the night wore on, the Saints began to heat up. Ryan Cole busted a 90-or-so yard touchdown scamper to bring the score to 13-16 at the start of the 4th quarter.  

Then with less than 5 minutes to go, quarterback Ryan Horgen capped off the comeback by fooling the Bulldogs defense on a read-option play that he took to the house from about 40 yards out. 

The score: 
St. Ansgar scores 20 unanswered after falling behind 16-0, to take a 20-16 win over Lake Mills to claim the district title. 

What they’re saying:
“Turn on the jets, that’s all I was thinking... I knew I needed to score there to help our team. It’s always about the team... [tonight] was a team win.” - Justin Horgen on his game-winning touchdown run.

“Awful proud of our kids. They could have hung their heads, but they were resilient. They kept swinging... Us coaches can make all the adjustments we want, but it’s the kids who have to execute. Our kids did that tonight.” - Coach Drew Clevenger

Up next: Playoffs! The Saints will wait to see where they fall in the post season bracket, which is slated to be announced at noon on Saturday. It’s anticipated St. Ansgar will earn a first round bye after an undefeated season and staying ranked in the top-3 in class A all season.