Behind their trademark relentless rushing attack, the Crawford Pirates advanced to the Region II-2A final with a convincing 62-25 victory over Bosqueville Friday night in Robinson.
Unlike the first two times these district foes squared off, a 55-38 Crawford victory that was sealed with some late big plays, this rematch was never really in doubt. The Pirates scored the first five times they had the ball, built a three-touchdown lead, and never looked back.
“I thought our offensive line was able to control the game,” Crawford head coach Delbert Kelm said, “and we were able to run the ball really well.”
Veterans led the way for Crawford. Pirate senior running back Garrett Dutschmann had a huge game, rushing for 258 yards and two touchdowns. Koby Smith, another senior, added three touchdowns, while senior Charlie Adamick had a 65-yard kickoff return for a touchdown and a 49-yard receiving score.
“Those guys have a lot of ball games under their belt,” Kelm said. “They are great leaders.”
For Bosqueville, freshman quarterback Tyler Webb did all he could to keep the Bulldogs fighting. He threw four touchdown passes, but it was not enough to keep up with the high-powered Crawford offense. Two of his scoring strikes were to junior receiver Tanner Sepulveda.
Smith and Adamick also had strong nights defensively.
Bosqueville moved past midfield on the game’s opening possession, but tackles for losses by Crawford’s Jonathan Weatherman and Koby Smith forced a Bulldog punt. The Pirates then opened the scoring with a 10-play, 79-yard drive, capped by a 1-yard touchdown run by Smith.
The next time Crawford got the ball, Dutschmann went 54 yards straight up the middle to give the Pirates a two-score advantage. However, Webb found Ayala streaking down the sideline for a 59-yard Bulldog touchdown pass to tighten things up.
Crawford then scored twice in a 45-second span to open up a 26-6 lead and take control. The Pirates advance to face Mart in next week’s regional final.