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Rams roll over Wolfpack

October 09, 2019
Crawford County's celebration of senior night was bittersweet as the Paoli Rams became the spoilers with a 46-0 shutout of the Wolfpack's final regular season home game. While Crawford County did have a better second half, the Rams put the night away early.

"I don't think all year we've quit," said Crawford County coach Jeremy Reynolds. "I just think we've been out-manned in a lot of these games. We've had a real good week of practice this week, and we've progressed. We're getting better. I haven't seen North Harrison, and I haven't watched them on film. I don't know how they match up with Paoli and Tecumseh, but I hope we keep improving and keep getting better."

Crawford County had to give up the ball on its opening possession after just four plays. It only took a single play for the Rams to draw first blood as Hobie Bobbitt ran 43 yards for a Paoli touchdown. Caleb VanMeter threw to Dexter Brown for the conversion and Paoli had an 8-0 lead.

The Wolfpack had to boot the ball away on their second possession. It looked like Paoli was going to have a second TD on a VanMeter 45-yard run but that was called back on a holding call. Those six points were just delayed, however, as VanMeter threw to Aron Busick four plays later on a 21-yard pass play for six with 7:04 to go in the period. Marcus McGuire had the conversion, and the Rams had a 16-0 lead at the end of the quarter.

Crawford County worked a ground game on its next possession to near midfield. On fourth-and-6, Crawford County quarterback Tanner Arnold had a pass intercepted on the Paoli 42-yard line by Ike Baker. VanMeter ran the ball on the next play, going 58 yards for a 24-0 lead.

Paoli got two more scores before the half. Sawyer Livingston scored with 5:06 to go on a 3-yard run but the conversion attempt failed, leaving the score at 30-0. With 1:39 left in the half, Bobbitt scored his second touchdown of the game on a 34-yard run. Baker converted the two points, and the Rams took a 38-0 lead to the locker room at halftime.

"Paoli is 3-2, but they've played pretty tough teams, West Washington and teams that are pretty tough," said Reynolds. "I know we've got a couple of guys out, but, for the most part, I don't worry about who we're playing. I worry about these kids. So, during the week, we took a long time watching us. We didn't watch their film at all. I want to see our kids do things correctly and, eventually, we'll get to the point where we can worry about that team more. Right now, we just need to worry about us, executing correctly and making sure we're getting to our assignments and feel more comfortable. I think they're starting to do that."

Paoli had first possession of the second half with a running clock, returning the kick to near mid-field. Paoli ran eight plays on the ground with William Jarnigan scored from four yards out on the final snap. Clay Minton put in the two-point conversion, and Paoli had a 46-0 lead.

Crawford County had two more chances to get on the board in the fourth but came up short. The Wolfpack moved the ball to the Paoli 17-yard-line but eventually gave the ball up on downs. Paoli then turned the ball over on a fumble on the second play of its next possession. Crawford County got as close as the 12 on its final try to score but failed to cross the goal line in a 46-0 loss.

Garrett Stout carried eight times for the Wolfpack for 34 yards, and Brayden Casper had six carries for 32 yards. Max Murphy carried 10 times for 26 yards, while quarterback Tanner Arnold ran nine plays for 19 yards rushing and completed 5-of-7 passes for 54 yards with one interception.

"That's the best Tanner has looked," Reynolds said. "That's the best he's looked so far, and it goes back to being comfortable. He had a tough job going in for Keith, and we changed some stuff offensively for him to fit a little bit better. But, he's starting to fill his brother's shoes a little bit. We won't tell Taten that but, hopefully, Tanner will just start getting better and better and he's going to have some time."

Reynolds said Murphy brings more confidence to the team just being on the field.

"Max is a 6-foot tall, 180-pound man," he said. "He's strong. He's played stuff, and he's competed. That's huge. We'd love to have some more kids like that, but the kids really look up to Max. Even though he's not been here, the kids have played with him in other stuff and they've been around him. Max is one of those kids; he's a hard worker. He's a smart kid, and I'd like to have more like him."

Bobbitt carried twice for 53 yards, and Livingston had five carries for 28 yards on the Rams' side. VanMeter had three carries for 52 yards and completed all three of his pass attempts for 40 yards.

The Wolfpack will travel to rival North Harrison on Friday night. Reynolds said he will study film and come up with a plan to try to slow down Cougars' running back Aaron Nevil.

"I've not watched them at all," he said. "We'll watch them this week. Truly, I just prepare for that team that week. I don't look ahead at all. When we get those films tonight, I'll watch them tomorrow and watch it Sunday and we'll make a plan. As of right now, how am I going to stop him? I don't know. I have no idea, so we'll worry about that later."

"It's just going to depend on how the next week of practice goes," he said. "Is it going to keep on being a good week or a bad week? Are we focused on not focused? Fall break is going to play a factor, so we're just going to have to come out and, hopefully, have a good week of practice and get ready to go next week."

Paoli 16 22 8 0 – 46

Crawford County 0 0 0 0 – 0

P – Hobie Bobbitt 43 run (Caleb VanMeter pass from Dexter Brown); P – Aron Busick 21 pass from Brown (Marcus McGuire run); P – VanMeter 57 run (McGuire run); P – Sawyer Livingston 3 run (conv fails); P – Bobbitt 34 run (Ike Baker run); P – William Jarnigan 4 run (Clay Minton run).

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