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Commodores skin Wolfpack

Commodores skin Wolfpack
Commodores skin Wolfpack
Crawford Crawford’s Tanner Arnold tries to break up this big play to Perry Central’s Camerin Etienne in the second half but instead was hit with a pass-interference penalty. Photo by Wade Bell
By Wade Bell, Sports Writer

The Crawford County Wolfpack football team hit a wall when it went up against the line the Perry Central Commodores presented in their Patoka Lake Athletic Conference matchup on Sept. 4. The Commodores’ linemen dictated every part of the Perry Central game plan and pushed the Wolfpack away to earn a 58-0 win, their first of the season.

“Superior,” Crawford County coach Tony Bell said of the Commodores’ linemen. “There was no doubt from start to finish that was the most dominating part of the game. We knew we had a high and big challenge of obstacles to overcome from a traditional football program.”

The Commodores put up a lot of points on the board in the first half. In the first quarter, Perry Central got touchdowns from Cameron Bland, Adam Goffinet and Josh Stillwell keeping the ball on the ground. In the second quarter, the Commodores scored three more times. Jimmy Sprinkle went in for six from three yards out, and Ethan Edwards caught a Bland 39-yard pass to score. Kaden Winter scored from a yard out on another strong Perry Central drive, and the Commodores had a 44-0 lead at halftime.

“We had a nice little pass play early, late in the first quarter against their first squad,” said Bell, whose team struggled to get to midfield. “The adjustments that we made throughout the game on some things, they weren’t things we were doing last week. Even though the score was way worse than what it was last week, we made some really good strides in game coordination and cohesiveness.”

The second half began with a running clock, but Crawford County still found it rough against the Commodores. Tanner Arnold tried to break up a pass play between Bland and Camerin Etienne but was called for pass interference leading to a second Winter touchdown. Bland scored Perry Central’s last touchdown of the game in the fourth and Winter put down the conversion for eight more.

Crawford County’s biggest offensive play came when Arnold hit Dakota Tipton on a bomb from the seven-yard line for a 53-yard gainer. Still, that was not near enough and the Commodores went on to post the 58-0 shutout.

“We gave them a nine-play drive to start the second half and almost held them from scoring,” said Bell. “I was very pleased we came out the second half and gave a little fight and gave a little strength. We know there’s a long ways to go. We’re committed to making these kids better each and every week and the steps we’re taking right now are going to be seen, not this year maybe, but in the next year or two we’re going to make some strides that are going to be something extremely special for Crawford County football.”

Bell said he would look at the positives from the game and work to keep going forward to avoid any discouragement the team might be having.

“Our effort hasn’t wavered but, when you’re giving your maximum effort and you’re still not seeing a whole lot of success, it’s very difficult to keep your morale,” Bell said. “Right now, I’ve got these kids’ hearts and desires, and I’m going to keep pushing them and we’re going to keep giving them the challenges that we keep putting in front of them … To keep up morale, we want to get a win. We need a win, but, more importantly, we want to keep seeing strides in a positive direction.”

Since this game, Crawford County’s football season has been put on hold as the county health department ordered the school closed due to an outbreak of COVID-19. Students are expected to return to classrooms on Monday, Oct. 12. There is no official word yet when the next football game will be played.

Crawford County             0     0     0     0 –   0

Perry Central                  23   21     7     7 – 58

Perry Central-Cameron Bland, 5 yd run (Kaden Winter kick); Perry Central-Adam Goffinett, 35 yd run (Winter conv); Perry Central-Josh Stilwell, 7 yd run (Bland kick); Perry Central-Jimmy Sprinkle, 3 yd run (Bland kick); Perry Central-Ethan Edwards, 39 yd pass from Bland (Rhett Smith from Bland conv); Perry Central-Winter, 1 yd run (kick fails); Perry Central-Winter, 10 yd run (Bland kick); Perry Central-Lucas Mitchell, 6 yd run (Bland kick).

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