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Crawford County’s Seth Fell pushes forward with three Forest Park tacklers on him in the first half. The Rangers, however, pulled away with a 47-0 win. Photo by Wade Bell

Rangers roll over Wolfpack, 47-0


September 12, 2012
The Crawford County Wolfpack football team increased its numbers by five to 19 but it still wasn't enough to slow down the visiting Forest Park Rangers, who cruised to a 47-0 win Friday night. Still, Crawford County showed some improvements as it perseveres through the season.

"We played better," Crawford County coach Alan Hess said. "We've gotten better each week, and, with the type of situation we're in, that's something we're looking to."

Forest Park started the game in a big way as Noah Braunecker took the opening kickoff 78 yards for a touchdown.

Crawford County had to give up the ball after just four plays on its first possession. On the fifth play of the Rangers' next possession, Trent Bayer threw to Lance Buechler for seven yards into the end zone, giving the Rangers a 13-0 lead.

The Rangers scored three more times in the half. Crawford County struggled to get to the end zone, misfiring three times in the late seconds of the half, and Forest Park took a 33-0 lead into halftime.

"The first half we moved the ball consistently," Hess said. "Turnovers kill you. You cannot make turnovers and win ballgames. We're young, we're learning, we're making less mistakes. We're still making some mistakes and errors that we're trying to fix on a weekly basis that we've got to get better at."

The Rangers scored twice in the third period, once with Bayer throwing to Alec Hassfurther for 15 yards and then with Buechler running back a Crawford County punt for 46 yards.

A running clock was used the remainder of the game as severe storms pushed into the area.

Crawford County had several plays for big gains and others that could have pushed the Wolfpack to score had they not ended in turnovers. That included one wild pass play from B.J. Mahoney to Seth Fell. Fell fumbled the ball high into the air as he was being brought down. Buechler caught the ball that led to an eventual touchdown late in the first half.

"Close only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades," Hess said. "We hit some big plays tonight. We had some long passes and some good runs. We've just got to get consistent with the intermediate stuff. When we need four yards, we need four yards.

"We've got to get ourselves in a second medium, third-and-short instead of sitting at third-and-eight, second-and-nine. Then, your playbook is limited and they know what's coming, and it gets tough. We've got to get some good yardage early in the downs. We've got to move the sticks and keep our defense off the field and give us a little bit of control of the clock. That's what we need to do."

Hess said having even a few additional players is a help and just hopes to see his team improve each week.

"That will help us and give us some depth," he said. "We have the opportunity to play next week at Mitchell and then we'll be ready to go for (Springs) Valley in two weeks. Everybody helps right now. It's the next man up. We just don't have a lot of depth. The kids that are playing are playing their butts off. They're playing non-stop all night long. It's tough."

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