LIMA — Fort Loramie was searching for a path to the football playoffs.
It may have found one with a 36-31 victory over Lima Central Catholic on Friday night at Spartan Stadium.
LCC, which had won eight in a row, is 8-2. Fort Loramie is 4-6.
Fort Loramie used a balanced offense with quarterback Caleb Maurer completed 18 of 34 for 189 yards with two TDs.
On the ground, Loramie’s Will Holland had 20 carries for 140 yards, with TD runs of 35 and 38 yards.
Maurer had eight carries for 73 yards and one TD.
LCC led 10-8 at the half, but Fort Loramie took a 22-17 lead after three quarters.
Holland’s 35-yard TD run gave Fort Loramie the lead to stay, 28-24, with 5:15 to go.
LCC had pulled ahead 24-22 with 9:59 left on a 12-yard TD pass from Carson Parker to Sal Guagenti.
Holland’s second fourth-quarter TD run, this time from 38 yards, pushed the Loramie lead to 36-24 with 2:57 left.
LCC got within 36-31 with 1:29 left on a 7-yard TD pass from Parker to Traves Hoyle.
But LCC was never able to get the ball back to make one final drive.
LCC played without starting quarterback Evan Unruh, who suffered a broken collarbone Week 7 against Fort Frye.
Taking over at quarterback for the T-Birds was Parker.
Parker completed 15 of 25 for 197 yards with two TDs.
On the ground, Parker had 21 carries for 72 yards.
Keiron Bailey had 12 carries for 77 yards. Quintel Peoples finished with nine carries for 111 yards.
Sal Guagenti had five catches for 70 yards. Hoyle had five catches for 44 yards. Billy Bourk had three catches for 70 yards.
LCC took a 3-0 lead on a 24-yard Michael Taflinger field goal with 3:56 left in the first quarter.
That came on the T-Birds’ second drive after they were turned away on their first drive.
LCC pounded out a 15-play drive to start the game, but was turned away at the Fort Loramie 2 on a fourth-and-goal.
Parker carried on the fourth-down play, but was stopped at the 2.
Early in the second quarter, LCC moved the ball from its own 28 to the Loramie 11, but was again halted on fourth down on an incomplete pass.
Parker picked off Loramie quarterback Caleb Maurer at the Loramie 43 and returned it to the 8.
Two plays later, Bailey swept the right side for a 2-yard TD.
That gave LCC a 10-0 lead with 8:44 before halftime.
Fort Loramie scored on a 4-yard TD pass from Maurer to 6-foot-4 Logan Eilerman with 14 seconds left before the half.
With the two-point conversion, Fort Loramie got within 10-8.
Mauer scored on a 3-yard keeper to give Fort Loramie a 14-10 lead with 9:26 left in the third.
Peoples’ 5-yard TD gave LCC a 17-10 lead with 4:05 left in the third.