On the 10-year anniversary of Central's last win over Mater Dei in the "Milk Bowl" series, the Central Cougars got a little late magic to end a nine-year losing streak.
Jacob Timmermann's fumble on a sweep play was picked up by Central offensive lineman Dylan Loquasto at the 5-yard line and carried into the end zone with 6 minutes and 34 seconds remaining.
Still trailing by one, the Cougars went for two and Josh Dunning hit Jacob Timmermann in the end zone for a streak-stopping 29-28 victory.
"We stayed in it for four quarters and we believed for four quarters," said Central coach Brian Short, whose team had not beaten the Knights since a 13-12 victory in 2003. "It's a tremendous win for us, just tremendous. Year-in and year-out we've been told by everybody we're not supposed to win it.
"It's been so hard to get that mental block out of our kids' heads, that if we believe, we can win. We did it tonight."
Mater Dei (3-2) still had a chance, but a 13-play drive stalled at the Central 13. The Knights tried a fake field goal on fourth down and Timmermann's pressure on the play helped force an incompletion.
It was a big night for Timmermann, who had two receiving touchdowns, a rushing TD, kicked an extra point, threw a two-point conversion pass and caught one.
He caught six passes for 137 yards and two TDs -- passes of 54 and 38 yards from Dunning -- and also ran five times for 24 yards and a TD.
"Jacob Timmermann played like a man tonight," Short said.
Trailing 28-21 at halftime, the Cougars shut the Knights out in the second half and got the late TD and conversion to escape with a win.
Mater Dei quarterback Sam Toennies had TD runs of 39 and 5 yards while Jordan Ratermann ran the ball 31 times for 170 yards and two TDs.
Waterloo 38, Civic Memorial 20
Stephen Schad ran for three touchdowns and Rick Wiegand had a 98-yard kickoff return for a touchdown as the Waterloo Bulldogs (3-3, 2-0) beat the Civic Memorial Eagles 1-4, 0-2) in a Mississippi Valley Conference game.
Schad had touchdown runs of 1, 7 and 10 yards. He finished with 16 carries for 61 yards.
Waterloo quarterback Zach Schaab completed 8 of 15 passes for 158 yards. He had a 55-yard touchdown pass to Reid Hoffmann.
Civic Memorial's Kyle Kirkpatrick threw a 47-yard touchdown pass to Caleb Buhs and a 9-yard touchdown pass to Ben Walker.
Alton 27, Granite City 7
Keshon Young ran for three touchdowns as the Alton Redbirds beat the Granite City Warriors (2-3, 1-2) in a Southwestern Conference game.
Young had touchdown runs of 11, 16 and 46 yards.
The Redbirds (2-3, 1-2) also got a 13-yard touchdown run from Justus Pedero.
The Warriors' lone touchdown came on a 6-yard pass from Gabe Jarman to Quinton Jackson in the fourth quarter.
Jarman completed 19 of 32 passes for 209 yards in the game.
Freeburg 27, Red Bud 8
Keegan Baxmeyer and Michael Smith each ran for two touchdowns in leading the Freeburg Midgets past the Red Bud Musketeers in a Cahokia Conference game.
Baxmeyer scored on runs of 10 and 68 yards, while Smith scored on runs of 2 and 1 yards.
The Musketeers got on the scoreboard on a 17-yard touchdown pass from Brandon Fadler to Dustin Sauer with 4:52 to go.
Jerseyville 41, Mascoutah 16
Jerseyville's Austin Lolos ran for 162 yards and four touchdowns as the Panthers (3-2, 1-1) posted an MVC win over the Mascoutah Indians (2-3, 0-2).
Lolos had two 1-yard touchdown dives to go along with a 62-yard run and a 28-yard run.
Tim Parks threw a 15-yard touchdown pass to Andy Norrenberns and Trevahn Willians had a 33-yard touchdown for the Indians.
Mascoutah kicker Austin Waugh connected on a 33-yard field goal in the first quarter to put the Indians up 3-0, but the Panthers answered with three touchdowns in the second quarter to take a 21-3 lead.