O'Neill - The St. Mary's Cardinals football team took their third loss this past week at home against Wausa losing 60-54.
The loss to Wausa was much like the Cards first loss to Boyd Co. with the deciding score coming down to the wire.
The Cards got on the board first with Aidan Hedstrom running a touchdown from eight yards out to put the Cards on the board. The celebration was short lived as Ghatlin Hagge took the kick off return 75 yards to put the Vikings on the board and with a two-point conversion led the Cards by two points. The Vikings Drew Munter ran in the Vikings next score on a three-yard run to put the Vikings up 14-6. Hedstrom ran in the next score from a goal line position with Grant Winkelbauer running in the two-point conversion to tie the game at the end of the first quarter 14-14.
Hagge again found the end zone for the Vikings early in the second quarter for a nine-yard touchdown run to put them up by six. Winkelbauer countered the attack with a score of his own on an eight-yard touchdown and Hedstrom hit Zach Crumly in the end zone for the two points. The Vikings did manage to get into field goal range for a chip shot three-pointer to give the Vikings a total 23 points at the half. Hedstrom not being done, threw a touchdown to Jacob Wiese with Winkelbauer bringing the extra points for a 30-23 point lead at the half.
The third saw Hedstrom complete two more touchdown passes to Ethan Shoemaker and Wiese. Both touchdowns with the extra points gave the Cards a 46-34 advantage over the Vikings in the third.
The fourth quarter saw the Card's game go to pot as the Vikings scored two touchdowns on a seven-yard run by Munter and a Hagge to Baue on a 27-yard touchdown pass.
The Cards got in close for a goal-line score by Crumly to keep the Cards above water but in the last minute of the game, Hagge again hit Baue on a 40-yard touchdown to tie the game.
The Cards couldn't reach the end zone in the overtime and with an eight-yard run by Hagge the Vikings took the win.
The Cardinals ran 95 plays with 25 first downs and had seven penalties for 55 yards. The Vikings ran 54 plays with eight first downs and had 13 penalties for 110 yards.
Hedstrom had 24 attempts for seven completions and 79 yards for three touchdowns. Viking quarterback Hegge had 22 attempts for 12 completions for 271 yards and two touchdowns.
Winkelbauer had 43 carries for 211 yards and one touchdown, Hedstrom 13 carries for 123 yards and two touchdowns and Crumly 14 carries for 68 yards and one touchdown.
Wiese had five catches for 53 yards for two touchdowns, Winkelbauer 1 catch for 19 yards, Shoemaker one catch for 13 yards and one touchdown and Crumly one catch for 13 yards.
Leading the Cardinal defense was Winkelbauer and Gabe Pribil with nine tackles each, Hedstrom eight tackles, Jack Krotter and Crumly seven each, Wiese six tackles, Shoemaker and Cole Rosenkrans four tackles each and Tate Thompson one tackle.