AUDUBON -- The fifth-ranked Audubon Wheelers handed fourth ranked Coon Rapids-Bayard their first loss of the season at Chis Jones Field 37-12.

It was a defensive slugfest until Audubon senior Skyler Schultes broke the ice with a score two minutes away from halftime. Kaiden Smith then made a spectacular one-handed catch with 36 seconds to spare in the first half.

Bigger yet the Wheeler defense held CR-B senior Jeffery Eagle, a running back coming with already 1,200 yards rushing to under 20 yards in the first half.

“I think we made a statement about how physical we can be,” Wheeler coach Sean Birks said. “Coon Rapids is a team that prides themselves on being physical. I was really impressed with how our guys played and how they took up the challenge defensively, to keep athletes like that in check how focused our guys played.”

The seniors, Schultes and Smith, each ran over 100 yards as Schultes finished with 145 and Smith ran for 106. Smith also played a big role on defense as he had nine total tackles, two for losses.

“We knew this was going to be a tough one,” Smith said. “We had to come out with our heads up, stay positive and keep our heads in the game and work hard. Offense started off slow, but once we got everything together we went on a run and it went on until the end of the game.”

Audubon (6-1, 4-0 District 8) will play their first of back-to-back road games at West Harrison next at 7 p.m. CR-B fell to 5-1, 3-1 District 8.