Ground game earns Eagles victory over rival Redmen


By Chad Clinger - cclinger@aimmediamidwest.com



BUCYRUS — The Colonel Crawford Eagles made the short bus trip to Bucyrus on Friday evening to meet up with Crawford County rivals in the likes of the Redmen in a Northern-10 Athletic Conference clash.

Crawford would improve to 5-3 overall on the season and 3-2 in the N-10 with a 21-0 shutout of Bucyrus. The Redmen fall to 2-6 overall with the loss and currently sit at 1-4 in conference play.

In week nine action, Crawford will head to Attica for a meeting with the Seneca East Tigers (7-1, 4-1). The Tigers blew out the Upper Sandusky Rams (3-5, 1-4) on Friday by a final of 63-6. Bucyrus will head to Upper for a meeting with the Rams. In other N-10 action, the Mohawk Warriors (8-0, 5-0) remained undefeated by downing Buckeye Central (0-8, 0-5); 50-14. Carey (5-3, 3-2) handed the Wynford Royals (5-3, 3-2) their second conference loss ever; 45-7.

To start the game, Crawford scored their first touchdown thanks to a one-yard run by Dylan Knisely and with Drew Krassow’s extra-point, went up 7-0. Knisely would put in another one-yarder in the second with Krassow adding another PAT to make it 14-0 in favor of the black and yellow. Scoring would halt in the first half and Colonel Crawford would head into the locker room at halftime up by that same 14-0 mark.

After the intermission, the Eagles would score for the final time in the third as Knisely rambled in for his third touchdown of the evening, this time from nine yards out. Krassow added the extra-point to put the score at the eventual final of 21-0 as both teams went scoreless in the fourth.

Colonel Crawford finished with just 196 total yards of offense en route to the win, all of which came on the ground. Bucyrus was held to 144 yards of total offense (20 passing, 124 rushing). The Eagles earned 13 first downs on the night to the Redmen’s eight. Bucyrus committed the game’s only turnover via an interception by Jordan Fenner. Crawford was heavily penalized on the night, seeing 17 flags thrown resulting in 127 yards of penalties. Bucyrus was flagged four times for 63 yards.

Colton Rowland finished with 87 yards on 10 carries while Knisely scored all three touchdowns on 19 carries for 72 yards. Tristan Cross carried the ball nine times, resulting in 31 yards while quarterback Brock Ritzhaupt rounded out the offense with seven carries for six yards.

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By Chad Clinger

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