Benefiting from the extra time to work were running backs Robert Bias and Cameron Loftus, who combined for 230 yards on 25 carries after the break and all three second-half touchdowns.
Loftus gave the Skyhawks the lead on a 21-yard scamper on Scott's opening possession of the half. Bias added a 27-yard scoring run in the fourth quarter and Loftus' 59-yard rumble set up Lopez's final and game-sealing kick.
"I was like, 'Oh, home run,'" Loftus said of his final run. "I stiff-armed the first guy and broke the second tackle and I thought I was going to go down because I started getting cramps in my legs."
Few could blame him - or his legs - after rolling up 180 yards on 19 carries. Bias chipped in 143 on 23 rushes.
"They do what we ask them to do - straight ahead, north-south, trust the line," Griffith said of his backs. "It's not a fancy offense, but keep it simple and do what you do.
"We said Monday, 'Part of stopping [Trent] Stowers and their offense was keeping ours on the field.' It may not be exciting, it's not fancy, and sometimes fans fall asleep. But it works."
Stowers ran hard, especially early, and led the Indians with 98 yards on 13 carries. But he was limited to just 16 yards on six rushes in the second half.
"We're very disappointed," Smolder said. "A loss is tough. We expect to win them all, but we just came up short tonight. Give Scott credit, they played hard we just came up short. I'll take full responsibility for this but we're going to bounce back from it. Our kids have a lot of heart and a lot of guts, our coaches have a lot of pride, and they're very bought in to our program."
Crawford ran for 66 yards on six carries, mostly thanks to a 68-yard touchdown gallop to answer Bias' fourth-quarter score, bringing the Indians within 20-18. He finished 6 of 12 passing for 102 yards and an interception through the air.
Triston Crone had a 1-yard touchdown in the first quarter to start the scoring for Scott and give the Skyhawks a 7-6 advantage after one quarter.
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