South Bend scored first when Austin Lewis recovered an Eagle fumble on the third play of the game, but was all downhill from that point on for the young Indians.
"Down 14-8 late in the first quarter, we were driving and had a 4th-and-2 on their 17-yard line and had a false start penalty, which killed the drive," said SBHS Head Football Coach Tom Sanchez. "A score there would have kept us in it, but that was a turning point in the game."
South Bend's first score came on a 9-yard pass from Jordan Dockter to Lewis. Ryan Overstake ran in the 2-point conversion.
The Tribe scored in the fourth quarter on a 25-yard pass from Ben Byington to Overstake.
"Their size was a concern going into the game, but we really had trouble with their speed," Sanchez said. "They are a good club."
Overstake rushed for 72 yards on 13 carries, and A.J. Sanchez ran for 41 yards on 13 attempts. Overstake also caught 2 balls for 30 yards.
"Offensively, we did some really good things, but we still need to be more consistent," Sanchez said. "Ryan ran the ball well and the offensive line played well in spurts."
Defensively, Josiah Markwell collected 8 total tackles with 4 solo efforts. Lewis was in on 6 stops with 3 solo jobs; Byington had 6 tackles and Overstake made 3 solo takedowns.
Life Christian netted 276 yards running the ball, while the Indians chewed up 140 yards on the ground. The Tribe passed for 53 yards compared to the Eagles.
The Indians (1-3) host Ocosta at Millam Field Friday nite at 7.