GIBSON CITY -- The Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley Mighty Mites defeated Paxton-Buckley-Loda by a score of 14-12.
"We got ourselves backed into a corner early in the first half of the game allowing them to score 14 points on us in the half," PBL Mighty Mites coach Chris White said.
In the first half of the game, GCMS took a 7-0 lead. Later in the first half, PBL scored on a Caleb Fauser 10-yard run and missed the conversion attempt, making the score 7-6. The Falcons then scored again before the half, giving them a 14-6 lead at halftime.
"We made some adjustments at halftime defensively, which helped keep us in the game," White said.
GCMS did not score a point in the second half of the game, and with under five minutes to go in the half, Caleb Fauser stripped the ball on defense, giving PBL the ball back.
The Panthers then scored on the possession by a Blake Shumate 10-yard run, making the score 14-12.
"I knew at this point we with very little time on the clock left we had to go for the kicking point-after touchdown to tie the game," White said.
Jackson Cahill and was just short of making the point-after kick attempt through the uprights.
"We haven't done a lot of kicking during the year, but Jackson's kick was the best one he had done during any attempt we tried," White said. "Watching the kick, I was excited because it actually had lift. I just felt bad for him coming up short. I told him not to worry about it. Those things happen, but I was just happy to see how much he had developed since we started trying to do the kick."
Caleb Fauser had 26 carries for 151 yards and one touchdown, Blake Shumate had 22 yards on six carries with one touchdown and Carter Manzke had eight yards on four carries.
"Their defense was great and really gave us some problems offensively," White said. "The kids never gave up and I am proud of them for that."
The Falcons have the No. 2 seed for the playoffs while PBL has the No. 3 seed.
The PBL Mighty Mites will host No. 6 seed Momence at 1 p.m. next Saturday.
"We can use all the support we can get for that game Saturday," White said.