CENTERVILLE — Centerville trailed Belt by 16 with four minutes to play, but the Miners rallied to stun the Huskies 34-30 in an 8-Man North showdown on Saturday afternoon.
Belt, leading 24-14 entering the fourth quarter, pushed its lead to 30-14 on a 46-yard touchdown run by Kaimen Evans. Centerville, though, would rally.
With 4:15 to play, Belt had the ball with a chance to salt the game away. A fumble, though, gave the ball back to Centerville. Miners quarterback Carson McGinness tossed his third of four touchdowns, this from 10 yards to Grant Cotton. The two-point conversion trimmed the lead to 30-22.
Centerville quickly got the ball back after forcing a punt and punched in another touchdown, as McGinness found the end zone from 4 yards out. The two-point conversion would fail, however, and the Miners still trailed by two, 30-28.
Centerville turned to an onside kick with little time remaining. The Miners would recover, and McGinness and the Centerville offense drove the field once again. McGinness fired his fourth touchdown pass of the game -- a 5-yard strike to Bridger Cavil -- to give the Miners the lead for good with 20 seconds to play.
Centerville essentially trailed the whole game. After McGinness's second touchdown pass of the game gave the Miners a 14-8 lead, Belt's Hunter Vogl returned the ensuing kick and the Huskies punched in the two-point conversion to take a 16-14 lead. A 40-yard scoring toss by Evans gave Belt the 24-14 advantage entering the final quarter.
McGinness finished with 266 yards passing and four scores. He was also the leading rusher for Centerville, carrying 29 times for 67 yards and scoring once. Evans led Belt with 71 yards on 17 carries and a pair of scores, while throwing for 80 yards and a touchdown.
Centerville improves to 4-1 (3-1 8-Man North) with the win and will travel to Hays-Lodgepole on Oct. 5. Belt falls to 3-2 (2-2) and will hit the road to face Chester-Joplin-Inverness on Oct. 4.
Saturday football scores
Centerville 34, Belt 30
Denton-Geyser-Stanford 62, Box Elder 12
Fromberg 59, Plenty Coups 25
Savage 61, Bainville 13
St. Ignatius 28, Seeley-Swan 6
Westby-Grenora 59, Hobson-Moore-Judith Gap 10
White Sulphur Springs 46, Gardiner 13
Wibaux 56, Froid-Medicine Lake 0