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Written by: David Burnworth on Sunday, October 24th, 2021
Friday night I made my way to Colonel Crawford high school for the first time also making this my first ever Northern 10 Atletic Conference game. I did see Buckeye Central play a very long time ago in the playoffs back when they beat Newark Catholic. Before getting into this game I wanted to say thanks to the men in the press box for giving me the info on the league site.
I also have to say I love the fact there was no reserved seating on the home side making this feel more like a true high school football game and the concession stand was very good.
The Eagles needed just five plays to open up the scoring in this one, at the 3:59 mark of the quarter with the touchdown coming on a sixty-three-yard catch by Carter Valentine the point after by Braxton Morton made this a 7-0 game. Morton is 95 on the league website roster but wore 35 this night.
The Tigers offense which had been pretty much shut down during the quarter woke up when Gavin Hargis broke a tackle made a nice little move then raced forty-three yards for the touchdown. Brandon Hines number 55 on the site roster wore number 40 in this one hit the point-after kick to lock this one at seven, with 3:08 left in the quarter.
Lincoln Mollenkopf, who would have another very good night (252 yards in 27 carries and 3 touchdowns) would go on a twenty-four-yard run, then he picked up another sixteen on a fourth and two call to set up a short touchdown run from Matt Clinard making this a 14-7 game.
Hargis would be crushed by Gabe Thew to force a Tiger punt. The Eagles defense was very good all night long as they seemed to control things upfront making the night long for the Tigers offense. Following the punt, Mollenkopf would go thirty-six-yard making this a 21-7 game, with 4:45 left in the half. Mollenkopf I was told went well over the 2,000 mark for the season and ended the regular season with 32 touchdowns.
The Eagles offense was back to work a short time later with Mollenkopf picking up seventeen yards. Kamryn Lohr used his feet to pick up another eighteen yards with the drive ending on a fifty-three-yard touchdown run to increase their lead to 28-7, with 2:41 left in the half.
Hargis would be knocked down for a three-yard loss by Nick Teglovic. Hargis shook off being thrown down for another loss when he hit Mason Foos for forty-three yards. The drive came to an end when Hargis found Luke Bischoff for the five-yard score to make this a 28-13 score.
The Tigers defense ended the half with two big plays. First, it was a sack on Lohr by the combo of Alex Ball and Joe Schoen. Then to end the half Luke Bischoff recovered a Mollenkopf fumble.
With 7;15 left in the third Mollenkopf scored on a short run making this a 35-13 game. the drive total eight plays and went for fifty-nine yards.
Facing a fourth and one with 3:37 left in the half Hargis had his number called the Eagles defense was ready for it with Carson Feichtner leading the way to hold him short.
The ensuing drive ended after just one play for the Eagles with Lohr hitting Carter Valentine for the forty-four-yard score to make this a 42-13 game, with 3:32 left in the third.
With forty-seven seconds left in the quarter, Blake Foos would throw a nice pass to Bischoff for eleven yards down to the Eagles twelve. The drive ended without any points being scored.
Mollenkopf picked up another twenty-three yards, with 8:29 left in the game. Matt Clinard used a Marshawn Lynch-type stiff-arm on his way to a twenty-four-yard run. Morton ended the scoring with a field goal making the final score 45-13.
The Tigers offense did get a long pass from Foos to Bischoff before the game ended showing that there was no quit in the Tigers.
PASSING 3-8 2 TD’S
PASSING 16-29 1 TD
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