Justin Erdmann

Posted at: 10/24/2012 10:56 PM

(ABC 6 NEWS) -- Maybe it wasn't quite the Thrilla in Manilla, but yesterday's Triton-St. Charles playoff game was more than just exciting.

The Cobras needed overtime to beat the Saints 41-33, and running back Justin Erdmann was the star.

The senior carried the rock for 145 yards and three touchdowns.

"I noticed my number was getting called a little bit more, so I had to step up," Erdmann said. "All I was focused on was taking care of the ball and following the big guys up front."

"We've kind of had to go to a ground attack," Triton head coach Don Henderson said. "(Erdmann) is a good, tough kid.  He always runs hard when he gets the ball, but he does a heck of a job when he doesn't have the ball, blocking."

Next up for Erdmann and his teammtes - unbeaten Caledonia, the defending Class AA champion.

"We just need to score more points than they do.  That's how you win games.  Nothing too much different, just playing our game - Cobra nasty," Erdmann said.

"They're probably the best program that the state has ever seen at our level.  Is it a tough assignment?  Yeah, but we're the type of program that we'll show up and go after them, and if we get beat, we get beat, but we'll go down swinging," Henderson said.

And if Saturday's game is the last for Erdmann in a Triton uniform, he's certainly happy to have played under Henderson.

"Coach has put us in the best position to make plays," Erdmann said. "All the guys out here want to win, just as bad as the guy next to you.  We've got that type of vibe going that we need to keep going, keep trucking.  You never know when you're going to stop playing."