Facing 4th-and-goal with the game on the line, Andy Metcalf scored on a 2-yard touchdown run to help lift La Crosse Logan over Holmen 35-34 on Friday night and take sole possession of the MVC.
It capped a major comeback for the Rangers (5-1, 4-0 MVC), who never led until that point and scored the game's final 14 points after trailing 20-7 at the end of the first quarter on Homecoming night at Swanson Field. Holmen (4-2, 3-1 MVC) setup the winning score on a fumble near midfield, one of its four turnovers.
"I was just begging to get the ball, I wanted it more than anything in the world," Metcalf said afterward. "I just knew I had to get 1 yard and that was it, and I got it, we scored.
"This is the craziest thing I've ever been a part of."
Metcalf finished the night with 89 yards rushing on 18 attempts. Tanner Holzer led the team with 111 yards rushing on 16 attempts.
Holmen's Kyle Koelbl opened the scoring with a 68-yard touchdown run in the first quarter. Logan answered with a touchdown run by Tanner Holzer nearly two minutes later to tie the game 7-7.
Seth Wilson then returned the ensuing kickoff 99 yards for a touchdown to give Holmen a 13-7 lead - the extra point was missed. He finished the night with 176 yards in return yards on four attempts.
Holmen struck again with a big play near the end of the first quarter when Connor Duncan connected with Austin Braund for a 48-yard touchdown pass, giving the Vikings a 20-7 lead.
Then the Vikings' defense stepped up big, halting a Logan touchdown drive on 4th-and-goal from inside the 5-yard line and turning the Rangers over on downs.
Logan would find the end zone on its next possession however when Metcalf scored on a 3-yard run, trimming the lead to 20-14 at halftime.
Holmen opened the scoring in the third quarter with a Zac Rusk 28-yard touchdown run to make the score 27-14. Rusk later broke free for a 62-yard touchdown in the 4th quarter, and finished the night with 117 yards rushing on five carries.
Meanwhile, Logan's Trey Davis found Jack Hinton for a 10-yard touchdown pass in the closing minute of the third quarter to close within 27-21.
After Rusk's second touchdown run, Logan trailed 34-21 with 9:50 left in the game. The Rangers scored on a Holzer 1-yard touchdown run at the 5:26 mark to come within 34-28, then tried an onside kick, but was penalized for illegal touching.
The Vikings fumbled on the ensuing play from scrimmage, handing the ball back to Logan with plenty of time and a short field. Davis led the Rangers back down to the goal line once more, but Holmen's defense forced a 4th-and-goal from the 2.
Metcalf took the pitch to the right side, made a cut back to the left, and scored relatively easily to tie the game. Nathan Baker's extra point gave Logan the winning margin.
"There were so many back-and-forth (plays). It was just ridiculous how we came like that," Metcalf said. "Now I know how tough our guys really are."
Logan hosts West Salem (2-4, 1-3 MVC) next Friday, October 2 and Swanson Field. Holmen hosts La Crosse Central (0-6, 0-4 MVC).