The Crawford County Wolfpack football team put their first "W" in the win column Friday night when they rallied back from a 24-point deficit to get a nail-biting 38-36 win versus Rock Creek Academy. It took some big heroics from the Wolfpack's youth to secure the win at the end.
"It was good to see our kids pull this game out," said Crawford County coach Jeremy Reynolds. "With being down 30-6 at halftime, I wasn't sure how many kids really wanted to be out there. All the credit goes to the kids though. They kept fighting."
Whether it was the bad luck of Friday the 13th or what, Crawford County struggled through the first half as Rock Creek dominated. Crawford County had one lone touchdown then failed on the conversion attempt. Meanwhile, Rock Creek was doing about all it wanted and raced out to a 30-6 lead at the break.
Then, the full moon came up and the Wolfpack got themselves together and howled. Crawford County chewed into Rock Creek's lead, eventually cutting their deficit to four, 36-32. On fourth down, freshman Tanner Arnold gave Crawford County fans the biggest cheers of the night when he scored from five yards out, pushing the Wolfpack to the front for the 38-36 win.
"Tanner Arnold had to come in and was able to score the go-ahead TD on 4th-and-goal from the 5," Reynolds said. "That was a tough spot for a freshman to come in and be asked to win the game on his first-ever varsity carry, but he did it."
Crawford County ran the ball 53 times for 329 yards rushing and completed 3-of-8 pass attempts for 68 yards for a total 397 yards of offense.
"I don't think they could've done that two weeks ago, but they kept fighting and we had a lot of guys step up," Reynolds said. "Keith Brooks and Garrett Stout had great nights, and they both ran the ball extremely hard. Our offensive line showed they've improved. Our defense struggled with their speed early but was able to adjust in the second half and looked much better and more confident. Hopefully, we will see this carry over into next week."
It will be homecoming night for the Wolfpack on Friday night in a Patoka Lake Athletic Conference matchup against Mitchell. Game time is 7 p.m.