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Crawford County senior Daniel Allen, left, is consoled by an unidentified manager as the last seconds of the Wolfpack's season wind down. (Photo by Wade Bell)

Crawford's season ends at Brown County

October 29, 2008
The Crawford County football team saw its second full varsity season come to an end Friday night in the sectional opener against host Brown County as the Eagles took the Wolfpack to the mat in a 35-20 win.

"Going into this, we were beat up and banged up and patched up," Crawford coach Brian Ruble said. "Jonathon (Bowles) gave it his all and his leg finally gave way. It got twisted. Jesse (Allen) has had a sprained toe for two weeks now, and he's been nursing that. He's played hurt and did a heck of a job. We had some guys step up and do a heck of a job."

Crawford got off to a good start, keeping the ball on the ground, then went to the air as senior Daniel Allen delivered a 15-yard pass to Kaleb Wyman for the first touchdown. Andrew Douglas delivered on the extra-point attempt, and the Wolfpack had a 7-0 lead with 6:51 remaining in the first quarter.

The Crawford defense forced the Eagles to punt on their first possession, but on the third play of their second drive Crawford fumbled and Brown County recovered on the Wolfpack 36-yard line. The Eagles needed just three plays to get into the end zone, with Ben Scalf throwing an 18-yard pass to Clint Fowler for a 7-7 tie.

Crawford was forced to punt again on its next possession, and the Eagles took advantage, getting another touchdown when Earl Carlile ran in from three yards out for a 14-7 lead.

Crawford caught a break late in the half when a Brown County snap went over the head of Carlile on fourth down with the Wolfpack taking over on the Eagles' 2-yard line. Two plays later, Douglas got the call and went into the end zone. He also added the extra point, sending the two teams to the locker room tied at 14.

"We were right in the game," Ruble said.

However, the Wolfpack wouldn't be for long.

"It was a little bit better (Brown County) defense that third quarter," Ruble said. "They executed a little bit better than we did."

The third quarter was disastrous for the Wolfpack as Brown County scored twice. The first came with 8:21 to go when Shane Hedrick ran 57 yards into the end zone. He scored again with 2:37 left on a two-yard run and added the kick for a 28-14 lead.

Early in the fourth period, the Eagles punched it in again as Scalf threw to Fowler once more, this time for 24 yards and a 35-14 lead.

"I want to give credit to Brown County," Ruble said. "They came out and played inspired football and played very well. We played well at times. The third quarter we had a few miscues and a few mistakes that got us in a hole. We got kind of out of our game because what we like to do is run the ball and pass off a surprise."

On their next possession the Wolfpack went to their air game, and Daniel Allen hit six of eight pass attempts, pushing the ball to the 6-yard line. Four yards from the goal line, Jesse Allen went in to score. The Eagles blocked the extra point, however, leaving the score at 35-20.

Crawford's hopes rose again when the Wolfpack recovered their onside kick attempt. This time the Wolfpack mixed up their ground and air game, but failed to get in the end zone, giving up the ball with 3:05 remaining.

Brown County then kept the ball on the ground for the 35-20 win.

"We had to go to our passing game, which was a good one, but again when they know it's full go, coming at you, it's pretty tough," Ruble said. "I was just proud of them. They gave it their all and tried their best, and we just quite wasn't good enough tonight. We came up on the short end."

Crawford County had just 90 yards on the ground, with Jesse Allen carrying 20 times for 84 yards. Daniel Allen was 14 of 25 passing for 151 yards. Dustin Bowling caught four passed for 71 yards and Jesse Allen had five catches for 36 yards. Kaleb Wyman had two catches for 31 yards, including one for a touchdown.

On defense Zane Manship had seven tackles, and Wyman finished with six. Boone Kenner had five tackles, and J.D. Nale added four.

"It just came down to execution and they executed a little better than we did tonight," said Ruble, who is already looking to next year.

"It's a stepping stone," he said. "These seniors here started this stepping stone and took that huge step farther. The weight room was every important. That's what we've stressed to these younger kids, about getting in the weight room. That's what got us where we were today."

"These seniors are very special to me," the Crawford coach said. "The whole team is, but these seniors are very special to me. It's in terms of I didn't want to see them go. It had to end sometime, but I just didn't want it to end this soon."

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  1. about the picture
    October 29, 2008 | 06:01 PM

    that unidentified manager is actually a injured wolfpack player Jay Nale thanks

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