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Commodores blank Wolfpack, 46-0


September 11, 2013
After their game against West Washington the week before, the Crawford County football coaching staff had high hopes of being competitive against visiting Perry Central Friday night. For one quarter, the Wolfpack did just that, but some big plays in the second quarter gave the Commodores all the momentum they needed to get a 46-0 win over the Wolfpack.

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Crawford County's Brandon Cate (center top) hauls in this interception in front of the goal line in the first quarter, putting a halt to what looked to be a Perry Central scoring drive. Photo by Wade Bell
"This is weight room versus not weight room," Crawford County coach Alan Hess said. "They're just bigger, stronger up front. We've got a lot of kids that haven't played good teams.

"The discouraging thing is we played so well in the first half last Friday against a very good West Washington team and tonight just came out flat. You can't make turnovers. You've got to do something up front. We just got beat."

"They're much improved," Perry Central coach Greg Gibson said of the Wolfpack. "They're impressive."

The Commodores ran a ground game early, but the Wolfpack made it slow going for Perry Central, who needed seven plays to go 39 yards to the 26-yard line. Perry Central then found pay dirt when Lane Lynch hit Dacota Schaad with a 26-yard pass. It was the only score of the first quarter as Perry Central took a 6-0 lead.

"We had a hard time getting to their backers early and they made our lives miserable," Gibson said. "Then, we made a couple of adjustments as far as down-blocking. We didn't get going until about midway through the first quarter, maybe the second quarter."

Perry Central finally got its momentum going early in the second period. Less than a minute into the period, Schaad broke free for a 59-yard touchdown run.

On its next possession, Crawford County went three-and-out. Perry Central then ran three plays before Lynch hit Dillon Hubert for a 70-yard strike and a 19-0 lead.

With 4:49 to go in the half, Austin LeClere scored on a 13-yard run for a 26-0 Commodore lead.

Perry Central wasn't done yet in the period, as Kane James intercepted a Seth Fell pass for a 37-yard reception return and a 32-0 lead at halftime.

"You can't turn the ball over, and you can't win with the big plays," Hess said. "You're not going to win football games. It's the same thing we've been saying for the last 25 ballgames here. It's the same thing. We have spurts in greatness. We look good. We get off the ball. We get in the backfield. We wrap up. And then we blow coverage, miss tackles, turn it over. It's tough to win that way."

"Coming into the season, we thought we'd be as explosive as anybody," Gibson said. "We've got a lot of weapons. The (Austin) LeClere kid, the (Dacota) Schaad kid and the (Devin) Martin kid. They can all run, so that's a big part of it. Obviously, we put 21 points on the board in not a conventional way. That's definitely some big plays."

Crawford County suffered two interceptions in the second half, the first one going for a Perry Central touchdown early in the third quarter. The Commodores got one more in the fourth period, when Lynch kept the first on a 2-yard run for the 46-0 final.

"They're getting better," Gibson said of his team. "When they were working well at the start of the second half, I thought we blocked really well. When we got on people, they really didn't get off of them, and that's when LeClere started to get in a second gear there a little bit."

Hess said his team is better than the score indicated and will keep working to show that.

"You just work on your fundamentals. You just work on little things. Proper angles on the blocks, reaching and not grabbing, running your feet when you tackle, making reads when you throw the ball, looking the ball into your hands, just tucking it away.

"We are not 46 points worse than them. We're not that bad. We're not real good yet, but we are very close to being OK. We thought we'd come out tonight and make it a game. It didn't happen. We'll get ready to go next week."

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