CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (KCAU) — Class 2A defending champion #1 Central Lyon George-Little Rock faced off against #2 Van Meter in Cedar Falls on Friday morning between a battle of 12-0 teams for the 2A State championship game. But it was Van Meter prevailing 24-21 to deny the Lions back-to-back crowns while the Bulldogs secured their third straight title.

An errant snap on 4th and goal by the Lions with 8 seconds left to play would force a turnover a downs, thus sealing the win for the Bulldogs.

“What happened today doesn’t define us and I want everyone to know that. I want my teammates to know that what happens on that field doesn’t define who we are,” CL/G-LR senior running back/safety Graham Eben said.

“It’s that brotherhood and the work that these guys put in year in and year out is very special. We just came up a little short today, but that doesn’t mean that I’m not extremely proud of these seniors and what they accomplished and better yet, they’ll be better men in this world,” Cl/G-LR head coach Curtis Eben said.

Lions end its 25-game win streak and cap an incredible year as the Class 2A State runners up with a 12-1 overall record.