Twin Cedars stopped Lamoni on downs to get the ball back. The two teams traded drive-ending fumble recoveries before the Sabers took a 6-2 lead on the first of five touchdown passes by Brent Parker. The first scoring pass was 20 yards to Otis Roby.
The next score turned the contest into a real baseball game as another Lamoni safety made the score Twin Cedars 6, Lamoni 4.
Another Lamoni fumble gave the Sabers good field position near midfield. Tim Loeffler had the bulk of the carries as Twin Cedars marched down to a one-yard run by Parker with just nine seconds left in the opening quarter.
Lamoni closed the gap as quarterback Colton Ranney scored on a 28-yard run.
“We were really conscious of defending their sweep and I felt like we did,” said Allspach. “That might have opened up the middle some and their quarterback took advantage of that.”
Parker's second scoring strike, 21 yards to Coy Moore, gave the Sabers an 18-10 lead.
The visitors used another fumble recovery to set up a short drive for a score. After starting at the Twin Cedars' 10, Daniel Ansong would score from 10 yards out on the first play.
Clinging to an 18-16 lead, the Saber defense recovered a fumble and the offense took over at the Lamoni 32. With the clock winding down, Parker hit Moore again for a score, this time covering 29 yards. Parker hit Roby for the conversion and the Sabers took a 26-16 lead to the locker room.
With each team losing three fumbles in the opening half, the difference to that point had to be the strength of the Saber defense and their ability to pass the ball despite the conditions.
Parker, already with three touchdown passes, talked about passing in the rain.
“We practiced all week with a wet ball and I knew our receivers could put a shake on a guy and get open,” Parker said. “We were confident about using the pass.”