CARBONDALE For 90 minutes Friday afternoon, Perry-Lecompton High's Sean Blosser worked with his father to try to get his football team's soggy field playable.
As it turned out, the running back had to work even harder Friday night to help keep his team undefeated.
Blosser and his teammates climbed out of an 11-point hole with eight minutes remaining, pulling out two improbable scores in a 28-27 victory over Santa Fe Trail.
Because excessive rainfall swamped the Kaws' field, the game - which was scheduled to be Perry-Lecompton's home opener - was moved to Carbondale.
"I am more than proud of our kids," P-L coach Mike Paramore said. "It would have been easy when things got ugly to give it up and not find a way. They showed enough guts and courage, and that's encouraging to me."
After a four-yard touchdown run from SFT's Craig Nilges, Perry-Lecompton faced a 27-16 deficit in unfamiliar territory.
"We didn't realize how good this team is," Blosser said. "We just came out really flat, and they stuck it to us."
Because the Kaws had allowed only eight points all year - an insignificant fourth-quarter touchdown against Anderson County - the team had no experience in comeback mode.
Perry-Lecompton did, however, use its previous experience of winning on the road.
Taking just 2:02 off the clock, the Kaws went 65 yards in seven plays to pull within five, the key play coming on a third-and-eight from the 27. Quarterback David Foltz found an open Gabe Gantz for a 21-yard gain, and back Cory McPherson finished the drive with a six-yard touchdown run on the next play.
The Chargers had a chance to ice it on their next possession, but the drive stalled at their own 48-yard-line.
Facing a fourth-and-two with 2:56 remaining, Trail coach Dave Watkins opted to go for it, but Chris Sadler was brought down in the backfield by a sprawling Blosser.
"The kids said we could get that yard," Watkins said. "If you make it, you run the clock out and win the game. You look like a hero. If you don't make it, you lose the game, and you're the village idiot."
After two first downs, Foltz again showed poise under pressure, stepping through a tackle and tossing across the field and his body to find Jared Drummond for a 17-yard-gain.
Blosser completed the comeback with a four-yard touchdown run to make it 28-27 with 85 seconds remaining.
The Kaws' Daniel Hemme intercepted a pass tipped by Gantz at the line to seal the victory.
Blosser finished with 14 carries for 66 yards and two touchdowns. McPherson added 79 yards and a score.
Charger quarterback Brian Shively passed for 173 yards.
Hemme remained cautiously optimistic his team could get at least one game at home this season - even if the schedule and Mother Nature were making it difficult.
"I heard (Hurricane) Rita's going to cause some rain up here later when it hits," Hemme said. "Who knows? Hopefully we'll get one (home game) in."
Perry-Lecompton 28, Santa Fe Trail 27
Santa Fe Trail - 0 - 0 - 14 - 13 - - - 27
Perry-Lecompton - 0 - 10 - 6 - 12 - - - 28
P-L - Sean Blosser 1 run (Cory McPherson kick)
P-L - McPherson 32 field goal
SFT - Chris Sadler 43 run (Aaron Beatty run)
SFT - Beatty 2 run (pass failed)
P-L - David Foltz 23 run (kick failed)
SFT - Alex Boss 1 run (pass failed)
SFT - Greg Nilges 4 run (Shawn Conklin kick)
P-L - McPherson 6 run (run failed)
P-L - Blosser 4 run (pass failed)