BREMEN — The Lions had their chances late against Culver, but in the end the Class A IFCA sixth-ranked Cavaliers escaped with a 23-20 homecoming spoiler at Bremen.
Up 23-7 with 6:59 remaining in the game, Culver nearly snatched defeat from the jaws of victory as Bremen completed a 70-yard touchdown drive in just nine plays and two minutes.
Quarterback Nate Leeper capped off the scoring drive with an 11-yard pass to Ben Hueni, and the ensuing kick from Lucas Schlarb cut the Cavs’ lead to 23-14 with 4:53 on the clock.
Bremen’s onside kick went errant, but the Cavs went three and out on their next possession and a high snap gave Bremen the ball on the Culver 23-yard line with 3:47 to go.
The Lions capitalized on the short field as Brock Molebash punched it in from 2 yards out at the 2:12 stop. The extra-point kick was blocked, however, Bremen’s next onside kick attempt went awry once more, and Culver wound down the clock for the narrow Northern State Conference win.
“We won the game, we did what we had to do to win it,” said Culver head football coach Andy Thomas. “It wasn’t pretty. It’s hard playing games with your hands tied behind your back, and our kids did an outstanding job. They battled, they fought. We had some tough circumstances. We had to play guys that hadn’t had a lot of varsity reps, and once again they did a really outstanding job, especially on defense.