It had to be the most exciting game of their high school careers and quickly went down as the biggest comeback in school history.
The Jackson Indians shocked the Vianney Griffins in the second half and took the class 5 District 1 title, winning 39 to 35 last season.
"It was very intense," senior Jackson cheerleader Madalyn Dockins said with a smile. "We were losing pretty bad, 35 to 3, before halftime."
But all Coach Brent Eckley had to tell him team was to keep playing tough.
Senior linebacker Gabriel Dudley recalls the atmosphere of the locker room being dismal.
"I mean, yeah, spirits weren't up when we got into that locker room at all," Dudley said.
"We basically just told the kids to focus on winning the second half," Eckley said.
That's an understatement.
The Indians scored 36 unanswered points in the second half to pull of the comeback win and extend their season.
"It was unbelievable," Dudley said with a smile. "We were thinking, right at the end of the game, it had to be the greatest comeback in all of high school history."
Senior Jackson cheerleader Laramie Lorberg echoed his sentiments.
"I remember thinking 'I can't believe this happened.' We were all cheering and jumping up and down. We were almost in tears because we were so excited."
Friday's rematch looms but Jackson is ready.
"I'm sure Vianney's not too happy about last year, but I think we got their number," Dudley said with a grin. "I feel pretty confident."
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