The Renegades' hearts beat as one this season, which made Monday's two-point loss in the Class D2 state championship so difficult.
Coach Tom Thramer said the roster may have been small, but the heart was anything but.
"I've got 15 kids on my roster and 15 kids with big hearts," Thramer said. "They all believed and their hearts all beat as one. That's what made this team special. Everyone was on the same page all year long."
He added, "I'm so disappointed for our boys that we weren't able to get their overall goal accomplished."
St. Francis scored first, but Chambers/Wheeler Central scored the next 20 points and held a 20-6 advantage heading into the final quarter.
But the surging Flyers rallied and scored the next 16 straight points. St. Francis tied the game at 20-all and then pulled ahead with the two-point conversion. The Renegades struggled on their next possession and turned it over on downs with 1:02 to play.
The Renegades end the season with a 12-1 record.
Look for more photos and a highlight video from Lincoln on the Holt County News on Tuesday.