After a promising start, the Lourdes football team ran into third quarter troubles and ended up on the wrong end of a 45-22 decision in second round Class D-1 playoff action against Exeter-Milligan on Halloween night at Pioneer Field.
The Knights were hoping to avenge a regular season set back to the Timberwolves and got off to a good start.
Aaron Miller intercepted an Exeter-Milligan pass to stop the visitor's first drive.
Runs of 13 and 11 yards by Aaron Goodman powered a Knight scoring drive that ended with a one-yard run by Miller.
The point after failed and Lourdes led 6-0 with 3:46 to go in the first quarter.
Exeter-Milligan responded by posting a 65-yard drive. Most of the yards came on a pair of rushes equaling 20 yards, one pass for 24 yards and a 15-yard personal foul penalty on the Knights.
Kyle Jensen scored the touchdown for the Timberwolves on the last play of the first quarter by rushing in from three yards out. The point after failed and the score stood tied 6-6.
Lourdes opened the second quarter with a promising drive that had the Knights facing a 3rd-and-2 at the Exeter-Milligan eight-yard line. The Knights ended up turning the ball over on downs.
Both teams failed to produce points on their subsequent possessions and the game seemed destined for a halftime tie.
A two-minute drill by Exeter-Milligan drastically changed the direction of the game as the Timberwolves marched 65 yards, most of the damage coming on four plays, to claim a 12-6 halftime lead.
James Sluka, who scored the late second quarter touchdown on a 15-yard rush, opened the second half with a 45 yard scoring run that put the visitors ahead 18-6.
Exeter-Milligan added two more scores in the third quarter to go up 32-6 with 32 seconds left in the period.
Lourdes attempted a fourth quarter rally, but the push fell short and the Knights ended their season at 6-4.