VANCOUVER, Wash. — Crater built a three-touchdown lead in the third quarter but saw it slip away Friday in a difficult, 26-25 loss to Heritage High.

VANCOUVER, Wash. — Crater built a three-touchdown lead in the third quarter but saw it slip away Friday in a difficult, 26-25 loss to Heritage High.

The Comets (1-3) were victimized by a resilient Timberwolves team that took advantage of some calls that went their way in the final two quarters.

Heritage scored with less than four minutes remaining to go ahead 26-25, and Crater responded by marching into the host's territory before an interception ended their hopes of victory.

"They have some very good athletes," said Comets coach John Beck of Heritage, which had put up more than 60 points in two previous games. "They're a very talented football team, and our kids really took it to them in the first half. We dominated the first 21/2 quarters physically up front in all aspects of the game. We played very, very well."

Crater went ahead 25-7 after recovering a fumble early in the third quarter and turning it into a Nick Brothers 1-yard scoring run.

But Heritage scored three unanswered touchdowns, the last coming on a 1-yard run by Donovan Cunningham with 31/2 minutes to play. It capped a 20-play, 80-yard drive.

Crater then took over and moved to the Timberwolves' 35, but a third-and-five reverse option pass by Zach Boskovich was picked off with 1:20 to go.

Crater built its lead on a powerful ground game.

"Our offensive line, at times, really took over the game," said Beck.

The Comets rushed for 219 yards on 45 carries. D.J. Pree had 97 yards on 22 carries, and Kenny Fahndrich had 72 yards on 11 carries.

Bryce Peila scored Crater's first touchdown on a 26-yard pass from Brothers.

Boskovich and Fahndrich added scoring runs of 17 and 34 yards, respectively.