A field goal as time expired in the first half stood up as the difference on Friday night when Shelby-Rising City suffered a second straight loss, this time at the hands of No. 9 North Bend.
Both teams scored two touchdowns, converted one extra point and missed on another, but it was a Tiger field goal attempt with two seconds left in the second quarter that found its way through the uprights and proved to be the deciding points in a Class C-2 District 4 matchup.
The difference was also on the ground where North Bend piled up 208 yards to just 78 for SRC. Both sides were marginally effective through the air, but it was 4.7 yards per rush on 44 carries that allowed the Tigers to sustain drives and win the time of possession battle by five minutes.
North Bend scored first just 56 seconds into the game thanks to excellent field position when Ethan Mullally rumbled in from four yards out. SRC blocked the kick then went on its own scoring drive late in the quarter, capping it off on Bailey Belt's 5-yard pass to Grant Lindsley.
North Bend responded two drives later on an 11-yard touchdown run, this time hitting the PAT and taking a 13-6 lead with 9:25 to go before halftime.
Both sides traded punts but it was the Tigers making one final push and creating a field goal as time expired and leading 16-7 at the break.
The only second-half points came on another 5-yard pass from Belt to Lindsley, the kick missed and the Huskies settled for a 16-13 deficit. The only trouble was, they never found the end zone or more points over the final 15-plus minutes.
Belt was 16 of 29 for 124 yards passing, the two touchdowns and also two interceptions. He was also the most effective runner but at only 39 yards on 12 carries.
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SRC averaged just three yards per carry on 26 attempts.
In addition to Lindsley's two scoring catches, he also made five others for 20 yards. Jett Pinneo led in that category, collecting seven catches for 73.
The loss dropped Shelby-Rising City to 6-2 on the season. S-RC was 6-0 before a loss to No. 8 Centennial then the shortfall to the No. 9 Tigers.
The two defeats have essentially knocked the Huskies out of the running for the district title, but they still sit ninth in the latest wild card points standings and are a lock for the postseason.
Seven district champions make it in plus the next nine highest teams in the standings. The top four from C-2 District 4 that includes SRC, Centennial, North Bend and Aquinas Catholic will all likely make it into the 16-team postseason tournament for a second year in a row.
SRC closes the regular season schedule with a road contest Friday at No. 7 Aquinas. The Monarchs won last year 31-14.
Nate Tenopir is the sports editor of The Columbus Telegram. Reach him via email at DVDsports@lee.net.