PITTSVILLE – Loyal scored two touchdowns in the fourth quarter to slip past Pittsville 32-26 in Central Wisconsin Conference Small Division football action Friday night at Pittsville High School.
With the win, the Greyhounds clinch a spot in the WIAA playoffs. Loyal is now 4-3 overall and 3-1 in the CWC Small. Adding in a forfeit win over Almond-Bancroft, the Greyhounds will have an above .500 record in conference play.
Pittsville led 26-18 after a back-and-forth first three quarters.
Loyal led 18-6 after Louis Nikolai had a touchdown run and a TD pass, and Sullivan Hanson had a 30-yard scoring run.
Pittsville scored right before halftime when Aiden Kolar ran for a 20-yard touchdown, cutting the Panthers’ deficit to 18-14 at the break.
Kolar, who finished with 183 yards rushing, added touchdown runs of 9 and 11 yards in the third quarter as the Panthers built a 26-18 lead.
Loyal finished strong with Kaiden Hagen connecting with Drew Stieglitz for a 27-yard touchdown to tie the game following a two-point conversion, and Nikolai ran 67 yards for what proved to be the game-winning touchdown later in the period.
Nikolai finished with 183 yards rushing and Hanson added 102 as the Greyhounds racked up 328 yards on the ground.
Pittsville will have to win both of its remaining games to qualify for the playoffs as it plays at Wild Rose on Oct. 8 and at home against Iola-Scandinavia on Oct. 15.
Loyal wraps up its regular-season schedule with a game at undefeated Stevens Point Pacelli on Oct. 8 and at home against Wisconsin Rapids Assumption on Oct. 15. Both games will be live at zaleskisports.com.
Greyhounds 32, Panthers 26
Loyal 12 6 0 14 - 32
Pittsville 6 8 12 0 - 26
P – Waylon Grimm 30 run (run failed).
L – Sullivan Hanson 30 run (pass failed).
L – Drew Stieglitz 6 pass from Louis Nikolai (run failed).
L – Nikolai 10 run (pass failed).
P – Aiden Kolar 20 run (Alex Kumm pass from W. Grimm).
P – Kolar 9 run (kick missed).
P – Kolar 11 run (run failed).
L – Stieglitz 27 pass from Kaiden Hagen (Nikolai pass from Hagen).
L – Nikolai 67 run (run failed).
First downs: Loyal 18; Pittsville 12.
Rushing (att-yards): L 50-328; P 33-223.
Passing (comp-att-yards-int): L 3-8-53-0; P 5-12-34-1.
Total yards: L 383; P 257.
Penalties (no.-yards): L 1-10; P 3-15.
Fumbles (total-lost): L 0-0; P 1-1.
Rushing: L, Louis Nikolai 21-183, Sullivan Hanson 21-102, Jace Prior 3-31, Kaiden Hagen 5-12. P, Aiden Kolar 23-183, Waylon Grimm 7-34, Dylan Luther 1-4, Dryden Luther 2-2.
Passing: L, Hagen 2-4-47-0, Nikolai 1-2-6-0, Hanson 0-2-0-0. P, W. Grimm 5-11-34-1, Kolar 0-1-0-0.
Receiving: L, Drew Stieglitz 2-33, Hanson 1-20. P, Alex Kumm 5-34.
Records: Loyal 4-3, 3-1 Central Wisconsin Conference Small Division; Pittsville 1-6, 1-3 CWC Small.