It's been the Schaumburg Saxons' calling card all season long, and they exemplified that to a T Friday night on the road at Fremd.
Needing a victory to become playoff eligible, the Saxons slipped past the Vikings, 24-20, moving to 5-4 overall and 4-0 on the road.
"We see what we are capable of in a do-or-die moment with our backs against the wall," said Jordan Salgado. "Our practices were perfect this week and we talked on Thursday about having each other's backs, being gritty and being a family."
Salgado (23 carries, 137 yards, TD) set the tone early on the Saxons first possession of the contest. He carried the ball 7 times for 34 yards that set up quarterback Marcus Ross' 6-yard TD toss to quarterback-turned-receiver Deontae Arnold for a 7-0 lead at 6:56 of the first.
Schaumburg added to its lead with 46 seconds remaining in the period when Ross hooked up with Hezekiah Trotter from 17 yards out. The play put the visitors up 14-0, and it looked as if they...