An 8-6 halftime score gave way to an explosion of points and a fight to the finish as the Lourdes football team outlasted the Elmwood-Murdock Knights by the final of 46-38 on Pioneer Field Friday night.
Elmwood-Murdock got the scoring started with a 60-plus yard drive capped with a quarterback run and led 6-0 at the end of the first quarter.
Lourdes answered with a 54-yard second quarter drive on which they converted 3rd-and-6, with a pass from Colter Fulton to Aidan Aldana, and a 4th-and-6, with another passs from Fulton to Aidan.
The drive ended on a 15-yard run by Aidan  and a two-point pass, also to Aidan.
Lourdes opened the second half by marching 48-yards. After picking up a first down with back-to-back five-yard runs, Lourdes turned to Fulton, who sprinted 29 yards to the E-M nine yard line.
The visitors got a sack on 3rd-and-goal but Fulton came back on fourth down with a six yard pass to Aidan. The two-point play failed and it was 14-6 Lourdes with 8:44 left in the third quarter.
The home team got the ball back on downs and went on a drive that looked destined to produce points.
A 3rd-and-3 run play looked as though it was headed for the end zone but E-M got the ball on a fumble to end the march then went 74 yards with a drive of its own, capping it on a five yard run and a two-point pass that made it 14-14.
Fulton scored on a 44-yard touchdown on the final play of the third quarter and hit Johnny Heng on a two-point pass and the home team was up 22-14.
E-M drove 49 yards, converting 4th-and-4 at the Lourdes 28 before capping the march on a seven yard run and a two-point rush that tied the score 22-22 at 7:06 of the fourth quarter.
Lourdes stalled on its next drive but Andrew Aldana’s punt was downed by Aidan at the E-M three yard line.
Runs of 14 and 29 yards set up the visitors for a 23-yard run that capped a 77-yard march. The point after made it 30-22 in favor of E-M.
Blake Miller answered with a 49-yard pass reception from Fulton and Andrew Aldana hauled in a two-point pass that tied the game again.
E-M answered right back with a 44-yard run and a two-point run and led 38-30 with 1:36 to go.
A 33-yard kick return by Andrew Aldana preceded a 31-yard catch by Andrew on a pass from Fulton and Andrew would then cap the drive on a short run. Fulton added the two-point run and the game was tied again, 38-38, with 1:10 to go.
E-M’s subsequent drive stalled and they lined up to punt. The punter ran to his right on a rugby-style play then decided to kick it late.
Andrew Aldana blocked the kick and set up the home team at the visitor’s 16-yard line with 12.6 seconds left.
Fulton found Aldana with a 16-yard pass to the right side of the south end zone. Fulton ran in the two-point play.
A short kick was covered by E-M with 4.2 seconds left.
Considering how the second half, and, particularly, the fourth quarter, had gone, there was still a cause for concern, but Lourdes ended the game by intercepting a pass as Fulton hauled in the last pass attempt from the E-M quarterback as time expired.
Looking back at the action, the game had many twists and turns. Lourdes proved it could answer adversity on multiple occasions.
And, afterwards, Coach Clay Carlton believed he knew the secret to his team’s ultimate success.
“We trusted the process,” Carlton said. “It’s been our thing lately—trust.
“The kids made plays down the stretch.”
Two-point plays proved key and, as the game got into the final quarter, Lourdes was perfect on two-pointers.
“It’s just being clutch, I guess,” Carlton said of the two-pointers.
“We’ve got a lot of young kids out there but they’ve been around success in all of their sports. The moment wasn’t too big for them.”