Will Kirkpatrick rushed for two touchdowns and passed for a third to lead Colonel Crawford to a 27-6 victory over Mohawk in the Northern 10 Athletic Conference opener for both ball clubs on Friday at H.J. Gary Field in North Robinson.
“It was a physical football game on both sides,” said Eagles head coach Ryan Teglovic. “Mohawk came out and played hard, and hit us. They stayed right there. We knew it was going to be a tough game. I’m proud of our guys. I feel like we made a little improvement this week. We just have to keep doing that.”
Kirkpatrick, the Eagles’ senior dual-threat quarterback, carried the ball 16 times for 115 yards. He scored his first touchdown on a 36-yard run with 5:48 to play in the second quarter to help the Black and Gold build a 15-0 halftime lead. He added a 2-yard run at the 2:46 mark of the fourth period for Colonel Crawford’s final score.
Kirkpatrick connected on 10-of-15 passing attempts for 124 yards. His key strike was a 20-yard touchdown to fellow senior Owen Adams with 4:19 to play in the game. That was his first passing TD of the season. Adams finished with six catches for 63 yards.
Blake Treisch bulled his way for a 2-yard touchdown midway through the first quarter for Colonel Crawford’s first score of the game. He finished the evening with 93 yards on 13 carries. His longest run of the night was 28 yards.
The Eagles rolled up 350 total yards of offense. Colonel Crawford finished with 226 rushing yards. Adams also rushed for 18 yards.
Mohawk quarterback Juston Morter scored the Warriors’ lone touchdown on a 1-yard run with 11:48 to play in the fourth quarter. Morter led Mohawk with 45 yards rushing on 19 carries. He completed 3-of-7 passing attempts for 32 yards. The Warriors finished 152 total yards.
Mohawk head coach Brent Konkel said his team came out flat in the first half and after falling behind by 15 points was unable to rebound.
“I was disappointed with our intensity in the first half,” said Mohawk head coach Brent Konkel. “We worked so hard all summer. We worked hard in two-a-days and worked hard in practice. I think we’re a pretty good team, but I didn’t see it in us in the second quarter.”
Penalties plagued both teams. Colonel Crawford was flagged 13 times for 85 yards. Mohawk committed six penalties for 65 yards.
“We’ve got to clean up the penalties a little bit,” Teglovic noted.
Colonel Crawford (2-0, 1-0 N10) travels to Holmes Township on Friday for a key early-season showdown with Wynford. The defending N10 champion Royals (2-0, 1-0 N10) blanked Ridgedale, 50-0, on Friday. The halftime score was also 50-0.
Mohawk (1-1, 0-1 N10) will try to bounce back this week at Carey. The Blue Devils (1-1, 0-1 N10) will also be in rebound mode, after losing to Upper Sandusky, 20-6, on Friday.
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