When all was said and down, the Colonel Crawford football team had a historic season this year.
The Eagles (10-1) averaged nearly 40 points a game in the regular season but a 41-14 loss to the Wynford Royals in September placed them in second for the Northern 10 Athletic Conference championship.
But Colonel Crawford made history when it won its first ever playoff game with 42-10 rout over Ayersville. It was also the second time for the Eagles to host a home playoff game.
But unlike Colonel Crawford, seeded No. 3 in the Division VI, Region 20, the top seeded Wynford lost its postseason opener to No. 8 seed Delta 21-15.
The Eagles postseason came to an end in the second round with 28-23 defeat from Ayersville’s rival Tinora.
The team loses 17 seniors after the season including quarterback Will Kirkpatrick and wide receivers Owen Adams and Brock Cotsmire.
After the season, Kirkpatrick was 68-of-125 for 1,302 yards, 12 touchdowns and five interceptions. He also had 226 carries for 2,003 yards and 30 touchdowns. Adams had 41 catches for 709 yards and eight touchdowns, while Cotsmire had 13 catches for 325 yards and a touchdown.
Additionally, Kirkpatrick and Adams were both recognized players of the year by the Northern 10.
“Obviously we got some holes to fill,” Colonel Crawford head football coach Ryan Teglovic said after the Tinora game.
Junior running back Blake Treisch is expected to return. He finished the season with 146 carries for 1,122 yards and 15 touchdowns.
Although Tinora (11-1) went on to become the regional champion, it lost in the division semifinals to Maria Stein Marion Local 34-10. Maria Stein will play against Kirtland for the Division VI state title at Ohio Stadium on Dec. 5.
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