The second half didn’t start any better for the Cougars. The North Daviess offense sputtered with a three-and-out, and Bailey ran for a 65-yard touchdown on the first North Central offensive play of the third quarter and the lead was 41-12. The Cougars responded with Lengacher's third touchdown of the night to cut the lead to 41-20 with 3:15 to play in the third quarter. Lengacher found the end zone again as time expired in the third quarter and after Logan Turpin converted the two-point conversion to cut the lead to 41-28 entering the fourth quarter.
"When you get down early like that it’s a difficult thing to overcome," Helms said. "I don’t think I’ve ever been proud of a team I’ve coached."
Bailey responded with his third passing touchdown of the night to Chase VanSchoyk from 40 yards out and the North Central lead was 47-28 with 11:40 to play in regulation.The 47-28 defeat was the North Daviess third straight loss to the Thunderbirds. North Daviess will return home for its home opener against Eastern Greene Friday at Cougar Valley.