Colonel Crawford looked dominant Saturday night in its Division VI, Region 20 playoff opener with a 42-10 defeat over Ayersville.
The No. 3 seed Eagles (10-1) offense finished with 413 yards and the team’s defense limited the No. 6 seed Pilots (8-3) to 190 yards total.
“I’m very pleased with the way our kids played,” said Colonel Crawford head football coach Ryan Teglovic. “Those guys busted their tails for the last four years.”
Eagles quarterback Will Kirkpatrick was 5-of-10 passing for 169 yards for one touchdown and an interception. He played a good run game with 24 carries for 97 yards and four touchdowns.
The Pilots got off to strong start after taking possession of the ball from the Eagles early in the first quarter, which allowed Dauson to throw a 23 yard touchdown. But the Eagles recovered with three touchdowns in the first half with Kirkpatrick throwing the ball to Owen Adams for an 81-yard touchdown, and running the ball for 1-yard and 17-yard touchdowns. The Eagles’ offense continued the momentum into the second half of the game.
“Will is a phenomenal player and it starts with him,” Teglovic said.
He also credited other parts of the teams’ offense that complemented Kirkpatrick. Blake Treisch finished the game with 13 carries for 142 yards. Treisch and Brock Costmire each caught the ball once for 17 and 41 yards, respectively, while Adams was a favorite target of Kirkpatrick who had three catches for 111 yards and a touchdown.
“They’re a good football team,” said Ayersville head football coach Chris Dales. “We just couldn’t hang in there defensively.”
Dales’ son, starting Pilots’ quarterback Dauson, was 9-of-16 for 95 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions. He had 14 carries for 70 yards. Hunter Stark had six carries for 15 yards.
Last year, the Eagles missed the playoffs despite an 8-2 record.
Colonel Crawford advances to play No. 2 seed Tinora (9-1) at Lima Spartan Stadium in Lima 7 p.m. Saturday.
Presell tickets can be purchased – cash only – for $8 at the high school office Wednesday through Friday during school hours and 9-10 a.m. Saturday. Proceeds from presell tickets go to Colonel Crawford. Tickets purchased at the night of the game are $9 and Lima will charge $3 for parking.
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