The Lawrence-Nelson Raiders took an early 8-0 lead on their opening drive and never looked back en route to a 54-12 defeat of the Crawford Rams, Thursday afternoon in the first round of the D2 playoffs.
Crawford was held to 34 yards rushing in a game that Lawrence-Nelson led 40-12 by the end of the first half.
Crawford’s only scores of the day came through the air, the first on a 17-yard pass from senior quarterback Blaine Flack to junior Andrew Wendland, and the second on a short four-yard pass to senior Aaron Alcorn.
Flack completed nearly half of his pass attempts, 18 of 40, during the game for a total of 162 yards.
The Rams managed to hold the Raiders scoreless during the third quarter before surrendering two more touchdowns in the fourth quarter.
Defensively the Rams were led by senior Spencer Jones who had five solo tackles, 10 assisted tackles, including four that resulted in lost yardage, and two sacks.
The loss ends the second consecutive season the team has gone 4-5 and exited in the first round of the playoffs.
Lawrence-Nelson moves on to the second round, where they’ll face Garden County Wednesday.