CLAYTON-It's hard to break a losing streak. Sometimes it takes the spark of getting the right bounce - or two.

Well after 19 games of being on the losing end, the Crawfordsville Athenians celebrated on the winning side of a football game Friday against Cascade. The Athenians utilized two safeties, including one with less than two minutes left in the game to beat the Cadets 10-8.

Crawfordsville made the long trip to Clayton Friday and picked up their first win of the year - and in the last 20 games against a veteran Cascade team.

On paper what looked to be an offensive showdown, actually turned into a defensive struggle. Cascade's first two drive ended in turnovers on downs.

Crawfordsville's fourth drive started at the Cadet 37 yard line and ended on an interception in the endzone on a pass intended for Nick Corbin. Cascade took over at their own 20 yard line. Two plays later, facing a 2nd and 15, the center snapped one over Sawyer Donovan's head. He was downed in the endzone for the first safety and Crawfordsville took a 2-0 lead in the game.

"They did a great job. Cascade's offense is pretty good and we did a good job of containing them in the first half," head coach Mike Hammons said of his defense. "The kids played hard the whole game. The never gave up and they gave everything they had."

Crawfordsville was looking for a score before the half when they started on their own 35 with 29.2 seconds before the break. Sophomore Trent Johnson led them on a four-play drive that covered 65 yards. Robert Manns started things off with a 19-yard scamper and Johnson found Tyler Bilyeu on two long pass plays to make the drive pay off. The final pass covered 35 yards and resulted in a score.

Tyler Reeves took the second half kickoff 28 yards to the Athenian 42, but two plays later the drive ended on an interception. Starting at the Athenian's 31 yard line, Cascade's first pass attempt of the second half was picked off by Nick Corbin, sending action the other way. The Athenians couldn't capitalize and were forced to punt.

The Cadets put their veteran offense on display at last in quarter three with a 14-play, 72-yard drive that milked six minutes off the clock. Donovan found Dylan Musgrove for a 5-yard touchdown pass just out of reach of Athenian defenders. Donovan converted the two point conversion to knot the score at 8-8.

The Athenians looked to answer with 4:51 left when they took over near mid-field. Johnson found Corbin over the middle for a 26-yard pitch-and-catch. After a 5-yard completion to Konnor Smith, the Cadets nabbed Johnson's pass once again to end the drive.

The next snap went over Donovan's head and out of the back of the endzone to give the Athenians the lead for good with 1:58 left to play. Cascade tried to onside the free kick, but it did not go 10 yards, allowing Crawfordsville to run the clock out.

"The win was a great way to start the season and a great confidence boost," Hammons said.

The final whistle sent players and fans alike into a ruckus as the streak ended and perhaps a new era of Crawfordsville football was entered into.