J. Schroeder kicked a 37-yard field goal as time expired on Friday to give St. Charles Preparatory School a 24-21 victory over visiting Sandusky in a non-league contest.
Schroeder lined up for a 32-yarder, kicked it through the uprights, but St. Charles was flagged for illegal procedure. As the senior awaited the snap, Sandusky (3-2) called timeout just before the snap to ice Schroeder. The ploy failed as the Cardinals, No. 11 in the state AP poll, move to 5-0 overall heading into a CCL-Silver Division game next Friday at DeSales.
"We're in the ballgame against one of the better teams in the state," Sandusky coach Mike Franklin said. "We outplayed them, but we didn't outscore them.
"The kids played well, and played well against a state-ranked team."
The Blue Streaks (3-2) scored 14 fourth quarter points and tied the game on a 4-yard run by Cordney Strickland with 1 minute, 22 seconds left in the fourth. Strickland had 32 carries for 194 yards and also scored on a 14-yard run.
"We're leaving thinking we should have won. A couple of plays go either way, and it's a different ballgame," Franklin said. "Unfortunately we didn't score more points."
Cardinals senior Colin Merrill returned the ensuing kickoff to the Sandusky 32-yard line.
Joe Spahr had an 8-yard first-down run and Schroeder pulled in a sideline pass at the 15 to set up the field goal.
Sophomore running back Gunner Francis led the Cardinals with 171 yards on four carries with touchdown runs of 71 and 61 yards runs.
"We were by far more physical, but they had two big plays," Franklin said. "We only played two-and-a-half, three quarters of football."
St. Charles took advantage of three third-quarter turnovers by Sandusky to break a 7-all halftime tie. Conner Hoge recovered a fumble at the Blue Streaks' 26 to set up a 1-yard run by quarterback Joe Spahr.
Jourdan Wickliffe had an interception of quarterback Lucas Poggiali and later Garrett Cargin also had a pickoff, which set up Francis' 71-yard score.
"We had a couple of stops late in the game. We were moving the football all night," Franklin said.
Sandusky was hampered by miscues -- a penalty here, a turnover there -- that stalled their drives.
The Blue Streaks were held scoreless for in their nine previous quarters against St. Charles before score in the second quarter when Poggiali connected with Dameyion Smith on a 15-yard touchdown. St. Charles won 45-0 in 2008 and 42-0 last season.
SANDUSKY 0 7 0 14 -- 21
ST. CHARLES 7 0 7 10 -- 24
STC: Francis 61 run (Schroeder kick)
SAN: D. Smith 15 pass from Poggiali (Cremean kick)
STC: Spahr 1 run (Schroeder kick)
STC: Francis 71 run (Schroeder kick)
SAN: Strickland 14 run (Cremean kick)
SAN: Strickland 4 run (Cremean kick)
STC: Schroeder 37 FG