Colonel Crawford starts playoff run Friday at Liberty Center

By Chad Clinger -

NORTH ROBINSON — Colonel Crawford will take on Liberty Center on Friday night in the first round of the Division VI Region 22 Ohio high school football playoffs. The game starts at 7:30 p.m., at Liberty Center.

Colonel Crawford is 8-2, having lost only to Wynford and Seneca East. Those teams also are in the Region 22 playoffs. The regular season for the Eagles ended Friday with a 34-14 win over Upper Sandusky.

At 6-2 in the Northern-10 Conference, Colonel Crawford matched Seneca East’s league mark. Wynford won the N-10 title and is undefeated. Crawford is riding a five-game winning streak heading into its playoff game.

Liberty Center is 8-2 overall, having lost to Patrick Henry and Swanton. It plays in the Northwest Ohio conference. Patrick Henry is also undefeated, and the No. 1 seed in the Region 22 playoffs.

See the entire lineup for this week’s first round online.

Wynford is seeded No. 2.

The Eagles are 4-1 on the road. Crawford has scored 384 points this season and allowed 205.

Liberty Center is 4-1 at home, having scored 319 points, while allowing just 133.

The Colonel Crawford Athletic Department will sell playoff tickets during school hours from Tuesday through Thursday until noon each day in the high school office. Presale tickets cost $8, cash only. Colonel Crawford receives some money from presale tickets.

All tickets purchased the night of the game are $9. Contact the Colonel Crawford Athletic Department at the high school for more information.

Seneca East plays the 10-0 Ayersville Pilots in Defiance. The 8-2 Gibsonburg Golden Bears will travel to Bucyrus to meet up with the undefeated Wynford Royals.

Colonel Crawford punched it’s ticket to the playoffs last Friday night with a 34-14 win over Upper Sandusky at home.

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.

By Chad Clinger

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