Vikings end Crawford’s football season
By Wade Bell, Sports Writer
The Crawford County Wolfpack football team saw its season come to an end Friday night as the visiting North Posey Vikings overpowered the Wolfpack by a 56-12 decision. North Posey scored all of its points in the first half with Crawford County fighting all the way to the end of the season.
“There’s many things they’ve had that was successful this year,” said Crawford County coach Tony Bell. “Their efforts never have gone unnoticed. I saw it early on that physically it was going to be a challenge for us. They never backed down from those challenges. We had opponents that dominated us with physicality. It’s experience through the game, and those are the things we’ve talked about all season long.
“If we want to see success and improvement and make some changes in this program, those are the things we’ve got to continue to do during the off-season and get ourselves mentally and physically ready to play this game,” he said. “We know it’s not a game where you just pick up in August. It’s a game where we’ve got to work the next eight or nine months to be successful at it.”
North Posey scored five times in the first quarter. The first came just 40 seconds into the game when Clayton Douglas intercepted a Crawford County pass and ran five yards to score. The second came on a seven-yard run by Brady Reidford at the 10:07 mark. Dalton Reidford kicked the extra point for a 14-0 lead.
Devin Lintzenich put in the third TD on a six-yard run, then minutes later Will Weatherholt scored on a 35-yard pass from Jason Wiggins. The fifth touchdown of the quarter came when Dylan Teeter ran 23 yards to score, and the Vikings had a 35-0 lead after 12 minutes.
Junior Keith Brooks fought to keep his team charged as the Wolfpack quickly fell behind.
“Keith got frustrated early because things didn’t go our way,” said Bell. “When the pressure is on at the end of the season like this and you know it’s your last opportunity, sometimes those pressures mount up. Keith has been that for the kids all year long, that has been committed and working as hard as he can to make every play successful. When you have your one workhorse for the kids right now, figuring out what we could do with what his capabilities were, it kind of knots up on you as time goes.”
“He’s handled that adversity all year long and, even though we haven’t had some success in the ‘Win’ column, his leadership has been one of brightest spots of how good of an athlete he is with this group.”
North Posey scored again just under three minutes into the second quarter when Jace Gauer put the ball in the end zone from five yards out, making the lead go to 42-0.
Crawford County finally got something to yell about on the Wolfpack’s next possession. Noah Adams returned the ball to the 27-yard line. Ashton Arnold and Adams moved the ball to the 39-yard line on the next two plays. Brooks suffered a nine-yard setback on the next play, back to the 30. From there, however, Arnold took over. The Crawford County freshman took the ball down the right side for the full 70 yards to put the Wolfpack on the scoreboard. The Wolfpack went for two points on the conversion but came up short, leaving the score 42-6.
The Vikings scored two more times before halftime. Landon Hoehn scored on a five-yard run with 3:12 left in the quarter. North Posey took advantage of a Crawford County turnover with 2:57 to go with Hoehn intercepting a Crawford County pass and returning the ball 35 yards to give the Vikings a 56-6 lead at the break.
“Ashton is a little whipper-snapper that’s been adamant that he wants to get an opportunity and, given an opportunity, he’s been pretty successful at it,” Bell said of Arnold’s 70-yard run. “He’s got a bright future. He’s just a freshman. He’s 135 pounds wet. We have 17 kids returning and 15 of them are freshmen, so we’ve got a lot of youth coming back. There was nothing successful on the scoreboard, but there was a lot of success with the game knowing how strong we had to play and how physical we had to play.”
Neither team scored in the third and nearly all of the fourth. On Crawford County’s final play from the 39-yard line, Matthew Brooks got the call. Crawford County’s blocking opened up a big hole for the senior, who ran the distance for the final touchdown of the game, with North Posey winning 56-12.
“It wasn’t the total on the scoreboard, but it was one they’ll remember because they had a lot of fun and a lot of experience,” Bell said. “I have two kids (Dakota Tipton and Cameron Daugherty) that played football for 12 years. And, of course, Noah Adams, his senior year, it sure was nice to have him. His athleticism, his coach-ability are obviously the best words I could use. He’d never played and was learning on the go, but he picked up on the fly and really made some great strides for us. If he had played for four years, he would have been a dominating player on the field.”
Crawford County will lose four seniors, but Bell hopes the energy his team brought during a tough and shortened season will carry over into next season so that the Wolfpack can be much more competitive.
“The energy of the kids and the energy of the school, even though we’ve lost and not had any competitive games, the energy that I get from the kids is like no other,” said the Crawford County coach. “I’ve not lost as much as I have this season or any one season and, when I have lost, it’s been difficult to keep the morale up, It just shows it’s a great attitude by these kids. They bought into the fact that they’re young and they’re learning and trying to get better and they’re willing to get better. I want to take the fact that energy that they play with. I’ve got to teach them to play more in the fundamentals and getting them ready to play so that we’re not at the tail end of these scoreboard situations.”
North Posey 35 21 0 0 – 56
Crawford County 0 6 0 6 – 12
North Posey-Clayton Douglass, 5 yd pass interception (Dalton Reidford kick); North Posey-Brady Reidford, 7 yd run (D. Reidford kick); North Posey-Devin Lintzenich, 6 yd run (D. Reidford kick); North Posey-Will Weatherholt, 32 yd pass from Jason Wiggins (D. Reidford kick); North Posey-Jace Gauer, 5 yd run (D. Reidford kick); Crawford County-Ashton Arnold, 70 yd run (conv failed); North Posey-Landon Hoehn, 35 yd pass interception (D. Reidford kick); Crawford County-Matthew Brooks, 39 yd run (conv failed).