Seneca East ground game too strong for Eagles


ATTICA — In week nine play, the Colonel Crawford Eagles hit the road and headed towards Attica for a meeting with the hosting Seneca East Tigers.

Crawford would put up a fight but the Tigers would come out on top in the end; 39-22. The Eagles fall to 5-4 overall on the season and 3-3 in Northern-10 Athletic Conference action. Seneca East remains at just one loss on the season at 8-1 overall and 5-1 within the league.

The black and yellow will play host to the Carey Blue Devils in the season finale next Friday while Seneca East heads to New Washington for a clash with the winless Buckeye Central Bucks.

Colonel Crawford would get on the board first on the night as Jordan Fenner snagged a Zye Shipman pass from four yards out to give the Eagles the early advantage, which was 7-0 after Drew Krassow’s extra-point. Seneca East would have an answer though as the leading rusher in the N-10, Blaine Swartzmiller, ran the ball in from three yards out to cut the lead to 7-6 after Tyler Turek missed the PAT. The Tigers weren’t finished as they added another TD before the end of the first quarter, this time courtesy of a Jake Hall touchdown catch from 45 yards out. Turek converted the PAT and after one it was the Tigers 13 and the Eagles seven.

In the second quarter, it would be the home team striking first as DJ Ruffing scored on a 27-yard touchdown pass but Turek missed the PAT and it was 19-7, Tigers. Tristan Cross changed that though as he rambled off a 57-yard touchdown run for the visiting Eagles and Krassow booted the kick through to cut into Seneca East’s lead; 19-14. Colonel Crawford took their second, and final, lead of the ballgame thanks to a one-yard rushing score from Dylan Knisely, paired with a Shipman two-point conversion to make it 22-19, Eagles. The thrill was short-lived however as Swartzmiller punched in another score, this one from 14 out but the Tigers would fail to convert the two-point conversion. Heading into the locker room at the half, the home team led Crawford; 25-22.

Seneca East would score on a rushing touchdown in the third thanks to another score from Swartzmiller and with the Turek PAT went up; 32-22. In the fourth, it would be Kane Lynch getting in on the scoring for the black and orange as Lynch dashed in from 29 yards out to set up Turek and another PAT to bring the game to its’ final score of 39-22.

In uncharacteristic fashion, Crawford managed just 183 yards of total offense (48 pass, 135 rush) while Seneca East posted 340 yards (132 pass, 208 rush).

Shipman completed just 8/18 passes for 48 yards in the loss to go along with a touchdown and an interception. Fenner caught five of those passes for 24 yards and the first TD of the game while Chase Walker had two grabs for 18 yards. On the ground, Cross led the way with 13 carries equating to 88 yards and a score. Knisely finished with 46 yards on 17 carries and a touchdown.

In other N-10 action, the Mohawk Warriors (9-0, 6-0) shutout the Wynford Royals (5-4, 3-3); 44-0. Bucyrus (3-6, 2-4) upended the Upper Sandusky Rams (3-6, 1-5); 41-7. Carey (6-3, 4-2) had no issues keeping Buckeye Central winless (0-9, 0-6); 61-26.


By Chad Clinger

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