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October 31, 2013

Sabers slosh to first ever 10-win season

BUSSEY — With rain and lightning dominating the pregame for Wednesday's 8-man first round football game between Twin Cedars and Lamoni, there was some doubt about the start time or the playing of the game.

The two teams took the field to warm up with these things still in doubt. The conditions improved slightly and the game started just a mere 10 minutes late.

What followed was a 40-22 win by the Sabers. The win was the first playoff win for Twin Cedars since 2002 and it set a new standard for wins in a season as it was the 10th of the season for the Sabers.

“I think a couple of things contributed to this win,” said Twin Cedars’ coach Aaron Allspach. “The success baseball had this summer, the fact that our district hasn’t fared too well in the playoffs and the fact that we have a good group of talented, hard-working kids made the difference.”

The skies above Bussey didn't clear up aside from the lightning. The rain, most of the time light but steady and sometimes downright heavy, made the conditions right for 13 combined bad snaps, bobbles or fumbles by the teams in the opening half.

When you are a team that relies heavily on the pass and you walk onto the field under those conditions, the negative thoughts could be running wild.

“I figured we might have to throw it a little less,” said Allspach. “We thought there were still a couple of places we could take advantage of with the pass.”

The Sabers were forced to punt on its opening drive. The snap sailed high and the punter kicked the ball out of the back of the end zone for a safety. It was better than a touchdown but it still allowed Lamoni to go up quickly 2-0.

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