NORTH ROBINSON — Colonel Crawford punched it’s ticket to the post-season playoffs Friday night with a 34-14 win over Upper Sandusky at home. With the win, Crawford finishes the regular season at 8-2 overall and 6-2 in the Northern-10 Athletic Conference. The Eagles victory, alongside the Seneca East loss to Carey, lands them tied for second in the conference behind undefeated Wynford. Upper finishes 2016 with a 4-6 overall record and 3-5 in the N-10.
The Eagles rode their strong ground attack to victory over the Rams. Crawford took to the running game 43 times as a team on Friday, which was good for a total of 357 yards. Blake Treisch was the leading rusher for the Eagles on the night, finishing with 206 yards on 18 carries while notching three scores. Trevor Shawber added 103 yards on 15 carries and a rushing touchdown. Shawber also had an interception on defense that he ran in for an additional touchdown. Quarterback Hayden Bute rushed the ball six times for 47 yards in the Crawford victory. Bute threw the ball 13 times against the Rams, completing just two passes for 14 yards. Owin Seevers and Kaleb Landin each had a catch for eight and six yards, respectively. Spencer Mutchler was 4/5 on extra point attempts for the game.
Defensively, the Eagles proved to be too much for the Rams. Upper Sandusky was shut out until the final quarter of the game. Upper completed just 3/12 passes on the night for 20 yards while racking up four interceptions. Shawber had two picks on the night while Seevers and Grant Carman also intercepted the Rams QB. Upper did have some success rushing the ball against the Eagles, amassing 255 yards on 43 carries for their two scores.