Trailing 20-7 entering the fourth quarter, the Milwaukee County Chargers rallied to come away with a 21-20 win over the Door County Destroyers at Bailey's Harbor Recreation Park on Aug. 6.
The victory moved the Chargers (4-3) to within a game of the Destroyers (5-2) in the Midstates Football League Northern Conference.
A pair of field goals gave Door County a 6-0 lead at the end of the first quarter. The Destroyers got a touchdown pass from T.J. Arndt to Tristan Wohlrabe-Fritsch and a touchdown run by Justin Baker to take a 20-0 lead.
The Chargers' lone first-half score came on a 10-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Shannon King to running back Rashawn Herron.
"The first half was very lopsided," Charger defensive coordinator Robert Melka said. "Door County took advantage of their great field position and our mental mistakes to put us in a deep hole to start off."
After a scoreless third quarter, Milwaukee County pulled to within 20-14 when Shaq Russell caught a 60-yard touchdown strike from King.
The King-to-Russell connection struck again when they hooked up for a 32-yard score to give the Chargers a 21-20 lead.
"The game changed when our defense came to life and became unified," Melka said. "After an interception in the second quarter that was ran down to the 10-yard line by Gamal McGowan, the defense never looked back. This is by far the most versatile group I've ever coached; we've just begun to scratch the surface."
King finished 11-for-21 for 170 yards with three touchdowns and three interceptions.
Milwaukee County needed to take to the air to beat Door County, as the Destroyers held the Chargers to -25 rushing yards. Herron gained just 8 yards on 11 carries.
Russell caught four passes for 127 yards and two touchdowns. He also completed a 30-yard pass.
The Chargers will host the winless Sheboygan Rebels (0-7) at 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 13, at Hart Park.
With three regular-season games to play, Milwaukee County leads Muskego (3-4) by one game for the third and final playoff spot in the Northern Conference. The Hitmen will come to Hart Park on Aug. 20.