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Late TD by Holder lifts SCC

—Photo by Tyler Anderson/The Graphic-Advocate South Central Calhoun’s Brennan Holder powers past Sioux Central defender Austin Vanderhoff during the second quarter of Friday night's Class 1A-Pod 6 first round matchup between the Titans and Rebels at Titan Field in Lake City. [Tyler Anderson/The Graphic-Advocate]

LAKE CITY — The first meeting between storied programs South Central Calhoun and Dike-New Hartford lived up to the hype here Friday night.

Behind two late rushing touchdowns from Brennan Holder, a pair of conversion runs by Cole Corey and a game-ending interception by Blake McAlister, the seventh-ranked Titans survived, 30-22.

Holder found the end zone early in the fourth to make it 22-14 before the Wolverines answered back on a Drew Larson run and conversion of their own with just over five minutes to go.

South Central Calhoun, though, would not be denied, going again to Holder with 2:05 left on the clock for a 1-yard touchdown plunge. Corey again added the successful conversion and McAlister sealed the deal with an interception.

“We knew we had 1-yard to go. That’s all we had to do: advance the ball one more yard to keep our season alive,” Holder said. “The linemen on the right side, Levi Meyer and Carson Pibal, told me to follow their butts because they were going to lead the way for me and, they sure did.

“When I got in, I was overwhelmed with joy. The crowd was loud and it felt great to be up with one a couple of minutes left.”

McAlister also had a 3-yard touchdown run in the second to give the Titans a 14-0 lead after Corey hit Josh Dietrich from 33 yards out in the first.

Holder now has eight rushing touchdowns on the year and McAlister a team-leading 11.

“It feels great advancing through the playoffs and surviving for another week,” Holder said. “Now we just have to prepare for what comes next.”

Kevin King added an interception.

Dike-New Hartford erased the 14-point deficit with a Nathan Moore touchdown pass to Dane Fuller and another TD strike to Kaleb Brouwer that came on fourth-down in the third.

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