Thomas Ragland set a school record by producing seven total touchdowns to help launch  Lourdes Central Catholic past Diller-Odell, 52-50, and clinch the district title on Friday, Oct 13.
Lourdes finished its regular season with a 5-3 record and was 4-0 in the district.
Diller-Odell was the Knights’ last regular season opponent and, after a Diller-Odell touchdown in the fourth quarter, the Knights kept the Griifins from evening the game by holding on a two-point play.
Lourdes got down early in the first quarter 12-0 and then scored 22 unanswered points in the second quarter to take a 22-12 halftime lead.
Diller-Odell outscored Lourdes in the second half, 38-30, but it wasn’t enough as the Knight defense stood tall in the end.
Quarterback Thomas Ragland was 10-of-17 passing for 102 yards and four touchdowns.  
Ragland also rushed for 116 yards and three touchdowns.
James Mason averaged five yards a carry as he tallied 115 yards on 23 carries.
Thomas Carpenter led the Knights in receiving yards as he caught three passes for 52 yards and two touchdowns and Colter Fulton hauled in three receptions for 23 yards.
Ragland also got it done on the defensive side as he led the team in tackles with 10.
Jack Funke had nine tackles and two sacks, Mason and Fulton each had eight tackles, Sam Baumert had seven and Damon Honeysuckle added two sacks.
After its first game of the season against Falls City Sacred Heart, where the Knights lost 50-0, coach Clayton Carlton said he still believed in his team and that the Knights could overcome any circumstances.
“I feel really good with where we are at as a team right now,”  Carlton said.  “I think our biggest improvements have come in our ability to overcome adversity , our overall effort as a team, our competitive drive, and our ability to trust each other.
“I’m proud of this team and excited to see what they can do in the playoffs.”