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OSSEO – A wild, back-and-forth game, came down to a two-point conversion in the final minutes, and Osseo-Fairchild was able to convert.

Jackson Johnson hit Brett Kostka for a 25-yard touchdown pass with 1:31 remaining, the fourth time the two connected for a score in the game, and the quarterback-receiver duo struck again for a two-point play to give Osseo-Fairchild a 37-36 win over Spencer/Columbus on Friday night at O-F High School.

Spencer/Columbus led the entire game as Osseo-Fairchild failed on five-straight two-point conversions following scores, but got the one to win it.

Austin Bacon had touchdown runs of 7, 5 and 25 yards in the first half to help the Rockets (0-2 overall, 0-1 Cloverbelt Conference) take a 25-12 lead with 1:23 to go before halftime.

Ryan Myhers hauled in a 44-yard touchdown pass from Garrett Koxlien with 16 seconds to go in the half, making it 25-18 heading into intermission.

Johnson connected with Kostka on TD passes of 49 yards in the first half, and 28, 41 and 25 in the second half.

Eden Jacobson topped Spencer/Columbus with 209 yards rushing and scored twice in the second half from 5 and 25 yards. The second score put the Rockets up 37-30 with 3:46 remaining.

However, O-F drove the field and score just 2:15 later and converted the two-point pass to win it.

“Osseo Fairchild played a great game,” Rockets coach Jason Gorst said. “It came down to who made the last big play. I was proud of our effort tonight. Eden and Austin ran the ball hard, and the offensive line play was improved.”

Bacon added 129 yards rushing for the Rockets, who outgained O-F 410-400 overall.

Johnson threw for 245 yards, and Kostka hauled in five passes for 156 yards and the four scores for the Thunder (1-1 overall and Cloverbelt Conference).

Spencer/Columbus opens its home schedule next Friday, Sept. 6, against Fall Creek.

Thunder 38, Rockets 37 Spencer/Columbus 13 12 0 12 – 37 Osseo-Fairchild 0 18 6 14 – 38 First Quarter SC – Austin Bacon 7 run (Ty McDonald kick), 9:54. SC – Bacon 5 (kick missed), 2:24. Second Quarter OF – Brice Shimon 1 run (pass failed), 9:40. SC – Andres Rodriguez 56 pass from Gage Stratman (pass failed), 9:25. OF – Brett Kostka 49 pass from Jackson Johnson (pass failed), 8:31. SC – Bacon 25 run (kick missed), 1:23. OF – Ryan Myhers 44 pass from Garrett Koxlien (pass failed), 0:16. Third Quarter OF – Kostka 28 pass from Johnson (pass failed), 1:31. Fourth Quarter SC – Eden Jacobson 5 run (run failed), 9:37. OF – Kostka 41 pass from Johnson (pass failed), 7:23. SC – Jacobson 25 run (run failed), 3:46. OF – Kostka 25 pass from Johnson (Kostka pass from Johnson), 1:31. Team Statistics First downs: Spencer/Columbus 24; Osseo-Fairchild 20. Rushing (att-yards): SC 49-348; OF 29-98. Passing (comp-att-yards-int): SC 3-7-62-0; OF 16-23-302-1. Total yards: SC 410; OF 400. Penalties (no.-yards): SC 7-60; OF 3-25. Fumbles (total-lost): SC 0-0; OF 0-0. Punting (no.-avg.): SC 1-38.0; OF 1-29.0. Individual Statistics Rushing: SC, Eden Jacobson 25-209, Austin Bacon 19-129, Gage Stratman 2-10, Ty McDonald 1-0, Cole Timmler 2-0. OF, Brice Shimon 22-73, Jackson Johnson 3-16, Brody Seefeldt 1-5, Bret Koska 3-4. Passing: SC, Stratman 3-6-62-0, McDonald 0-1-0-0. OF, Johnson 14-21-245-1, Garrett Koxlien 2-2-57-0. Receiving: SC, Andres Rodriguez 1-56, Jacobson 1-5, Bacon 1-1. OF, Kostka 5-156, Koxlien 5-62, Ryan Myhers 4-71, Shimon 2-13. Interceptions (defense): SC, Bacon. Punting: SC, Stratman 1-38.0. OF, Johnson 1-29.0. Records: Spencer/Columbus 0-2, 0-1 Cloverbelt Conference; Osseo-Fairchild 1-1 overall and Cloverbelt Conference.