The Milwaukee South Cardinals kicked off on Friday night against Obama SCTE with an opportunity to take sole possession of first place in the Milwaukee City-Blackbourn. In a back and forth affair, the defense was the key to victory for South. They held Obama SCTE to a scoreless final fourteen minutes and they forced three interceptions in a 15-14 victory.

Just a minute into the game, the Obama SCTE Cougars took the lead. Amarion Hamilton broke free for a 71 yard touchdown run through the Cardinals’ defense. The two-point conversion try was unsuccessful, leaving the score at 6-0 Obama SCTE.

Things would remain at 6-0 until just seconds before halftime. Lavelle Payne was able to plunge across the goal line from two yards out for six points. Miguel Rolon‘s extra point was successful, giving Milwaukee South a one-point lead entering the locker room.

Obama SCTE regained the lead with just over two minutes to play in the third quarter. Daniel Lampkin scored from one yard out to put the Cougars in front. They would extend their lead to 14-7 after Lampkin connected with Hamilton on the two-point conversion play. Lampkin was the key cog in the Cougars offense on Friday night as he threw for 135 yards and ran for 54 more.

On the ensuing drive, Milwaukee South responded in a large way. They marched down the field before Jacob Smith made an impact play. His five yard touchdown run brought the Cardinals within one point at 14-13. Coach Sam Steinhoff’s Cardinals team had a decision to make, and they decided to line up for the two-point conversion and the lead. Lavelle Payne pushed it in for two-point conversion and he gave Milwaukee South the 15-14 lead.

In the fourth quarter, the Cardinals’ defense held the Obama SCTE Cougars scoreless. The Cougars totaled 263 yards of offense in this one, but the three interceptions that South forced were a crucial factor in this one.  Karon Peters was the leading rusher for Milwaukee South with 69 yards on 18 carries. Payne took the second most carries with 14, turning them into 32 yards for one touchdown and the key two-point conversion.

Milwaukee South is now 4-1 on the season and 4-0 in the Milwaukee City-Blackbourn. They will step out of league play on Friday night for a crossover game against Milwaukee Bradley Tech. For Obama SCTE, they now find themselves at 2-3 on the season and 2-2 in league play. They will take on Milwaukee Pulaski next Friday night.