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Wolfpack defeat Valley to end drought

October 02, 2013
After coming close the past two weeks, the Crawford County Wolfpack grabbed their first pigskin win in almost two years, defeating Patoka Lake Athletic Conference foe Springs Valley, 28-16, on the road Friday night.

"Great, total team effort," coach Alan Hess said. "We made some changes to the offensive and defensive lines, and they responded well. We did a much better job of containing and got a lot of bodies to the ball."

The Blackhawks (1-3, 1-5 PLAC) got on the board first on a 39-yard pass play. The extra-point kick, however, was no good, and the Springs Valley lead remained at 6-0.

Crawford County wasted little time responding. Quarterback Seth Fell and wide receiver Brandon Cate teamed up for a 27-yard TD pass. Following Levi Schwartz's successful run into the end zone, the Wolfpack were on top, 8-6.

The Wolfpack defense, however, again had a difficult time stopping Springs Valley as it again went to the air for a TD, this time on a 34-yard play. Brown connected with Robling for the two-point conversion, and springs Valley was back on top, 14-8.

That would be the last time the Blackhawks would reach the end zone. The Wolfpack, however, were just getting warmed up.

Snapping the ball on the Springs Valley 9-yard-line in the second quarter, Crawford County again called for a Fell-Cate strike, and the Wolfpack regained the lead. Electing again to go for the two-point conversion, the Wolfpack handed off to Jacob Mauck, who crossed the goal line to put Crawford County on top, 16-14, at halftime.

Neither team changed the scoreboard in the third quarter, but the Wolfpack tacked on 12 more in the fourth.

The first came on a 23-yard by Justin Majors that, after a failed two-point conversion run, had Crawford County in front, 22-14.

Cate then scored his third touchdown of the night, but this time on defense, as he returned an interception 47 yards. The conversion run again was unsuccessful, but the Wolfpack held a commanding two-touchdown lead at 28-14.

The only additional points the Blackhawks put on the scoreboard came courtesy of a Wolfpack safety.

Crawford County (1-5, 1-3 PLAC) rushed 34 times for 147 yards, led by Majors' 61 yards on four attempts. Schwartz also tallied 48 yards on 14 carries.

"We won the turnover battle four to one, and established the running game for the first time all season," Hess said. "Those two areas are probably the main reason why we were able to come out on top."

Fell completed six of 15 pass attempts for 68 yards, connecting with Cate four times for 48 yards and two touchdowns.

"Our kids have continued to get better each week and realized how close we were to breaking through," Hess said. "This was the best week of practice we have had since I've been here, and it has to continue for us to keep improving. We will be tested Friday night by a very good Paoli team, and have to have another great week of preparation."

On defense, Hayden Fell recorded two sacks, and Macuk had five solo tackles and helped on eight more. Schwartz was involved with 15 tackles, including two that were solo, while Dakota Curl had three solo tackles, including a sack, and 11 assists.

"There is some positive vibes surrounding our program right now, and we just want to keep playing good football, and put ourselves in position to be a tough out come playoff time," Hess said.

Kickoff against Paoli Friday at Crawford County's Breeden Memorial Field will be at 7 p.m.

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